Parkinson's Disease Statistics
Parkinson's disease can affect anyone, regardless of social or economic class or geographic area. Each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Statistics indicate that this condition seems to affect men at a slightly higher rate than women, and it appears to affect whites more than African Americans or Asians. However, it is likely that everyone has a similar probability of developing Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's Disease Statistics: An OverviewAbout 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, with more than half a million Americans affected at any given time.
However, getting an accurate count of the number of cases may be impossible, because many people with early symptoms of Parkinson's disease assume their symptoms are the result of normal aging and do not seek help from a healthcare provider. Also, diagnosing Parkinson's disease is sometimes difficult and uncertain because other conditions may produce symptoms similar to Parkinson's. People with Parkinson's disease may be told by their healthcare provider that they have other disorders or, conversely, people with similar diseases may be initially diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease.