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About MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The disease attacks the myelin which is a protective covering wrapped around the nerves of the central nervous system.

Quick facts

  • 100,000 Canadians live with MS.
  • Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world.
  • MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.
  • Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.
  • Women are more than three times as likely to develop MS as men.
  • MS can cause loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects families, communities and all Canadians who come together to manage the realities of MS.

Learn more at mssociety.ca