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What Is The World Wide Number Of Cases Of Rosacea?

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There are no reliable reports on the number of rosaceans worldwide. Only estimates. The NRS insists there are 16 million rosacea sufferers in the USA [1}, however, there is no hard data to prove this. One report says "In the US: More than 10% of the general population exhibits dermatologic characteristics of rosacea …" [2] The total US population in 2007 was over 302,453,619. That would mean there are over 30 million in the US who 'exhibit dermatologic characteristics of rosacea' based on this report. 

Another report says, "It is a common disease that afflicts one out of every 20 Americans." [3] Wikipedia reports, "As of August 13, 2016, the United States has a total resident population of 324,227,000..." That would mean 16 million Americans have rosacea which is what the NRS reports as well. 

Other countries report different variance rates and are mentioned in replies to this initial post (scroll below).

One report says the worldwide number of rosacea sufferers is 45 million. [4]

"According to AZoNetwork, a leading health care, life science online publisher in the U.K., the prevalence rate of rosacea is 1.65 per 1,000 person every year." [5] According to Wikipedia, "the world population is the total number of humans currently living. As of August 2016, it was estimated at 7.4 billion." So according to AZoNetwork the math shows the number of rosacea rosacea sufferers worldwide is 12,210,000 'every year.' 

One report estimates the worldwide number of rosacea cases to be 3% of the world population. [6] That would be 225,000,000 cases of rosacea worldwide! Another paper says, "Around 1 in 10 people in the world are affected by rosacea." [7] If that is true, then there are 750,000,000 rosacea sufferers worldwide, which seems to be an exaggeration. 

If we used 10% of the world population who 'exhibit dermatologic characteristics of rosacea' that number would be over 750 million worldwide as of August 2016. If we use the conservative figure that 1% of the world population in April 2017 have rosacea that would put the number at 75 million rosaceans. The point of this post is that there is a significant number of rosacea sufferers worldwide. 

Conclusion
A conservative figure for the worldwide cases of rosacea is around 75 million.

End Notes

[1] Rosacea Now Estimated to Affect at Least 16 Million Americans, NRS

[2] Ocular Rosacea
J Bradley Randleman, MD; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy Sr, MD
MedScape

[3] rosaceaencyclopedia, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine 

[4] Research and Markets: Acne & Rosacea Therapeutics: Ten Emerging Acne and Rosacea Therapies in Phase and Clinical Development Expected to launch by 2009.

[5] The Transparency Market Research uses "prevalence rate" which may mean new or it may mean existing or all the cases known. This is an example of an unreliable report on the number of rosacea suffers since it doesn't state if this is worldwide figure or not.
 Persistent Facial Erythema Treatment Market driven by large research and development activities

[6] The potential role of Demodex folliculorum mites and bacteria in the induction of rosacea.
J Med Microbiol. 2012 Aug 29;
Jarmuda S, O'Reilly N, Zaba R, Jakubowicz O, Szkaradkiewicz A, Kavanagh K

[7] Int J Med Sci. 2015; 12(5): 387–396.
Published online 2015 May 5. doi:  10.7150/ijms.10608
PMCID: PMC4441063
Major Pathophysiological Correlations of Rosacea: A Complete Clinical Appraisal
Ravi Chandra Vemuri, Rohit Gundamaraju, Shamala Devi Sekaran, and Rishya Manikam

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 2016 Mar;30(3):428-34. doi: 10.1111/jdv.13556.

Prevalence of rosacea in the general population of Germany and Russia - The RISE study.

 

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is an unmet need for general population-based epidemiological data on rosacea based on contemporary diagnostic criteria and validated population survey methodology.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the prevalence of rosacea in the general population of Germany and Russia.

METHODS:

General population screening was conducted in 9-10 cities per country to ensure adequate geographic representation. In Part I of this two-phase study, screening of a representative sample of the general population (every fifth person or every fifth door using a fixed-step procedure on a random route sample) was expedited with use of a questionnaire and algorithm based on current diagnostic criteria for rosacea. Of the subjects that screened positive in the initial phase, a randomly selected sample (every third subject) t`hen underwent diagnostic confirmation by a dermatologist in Part II.

RESULTS:

A total of 3052 and 3013 subjects (aged 18-65 years) were screened in Germany and Russia respectively. Rosacea prevalence was 12.3% [95%CI, 10.2-14.4] in Germany and 5.0% [95%CI, 2.8-7.2] in Russia. The profile of subjects with rosacea (75% women; mean age of 40 years; mainly skin phototype II or III, majority of subjects with sensitive facial skin) and subtype distribution were similar. Overall, 18% of subjects diagnosed with rosacea were aged 18-30 years. Over 80% were not previously diagnosed. Within the previous year, 47.5% of subjects had received no rosacea care and 23.7% had received topical and/or systemic drugs. Over one-third (35% Germany, 43% Russia) of rosacea subjects reported a moderate to severe adverse impact on quality of life.

CONCLUSION:

Rosacea is highly prevalent in Germany (12.3%) and Russia (5.0%). The demographic profile of rosacea subjects was similar between countries and the majority were previously undiagnosed.

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