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Today is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Disease Awareness Day

"Today is RA awareness day, and about one percent of our population lives with this condition," said certified elder law Attorney RJ Connelly III. "To be even more specific, that's about 1.5 million people, and two to three times as many women than men develop RA, resulting in seventy percent of all RA patients being women." Rheumatoid disease, also known as rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune condition in which the linings of the joints are viewed by the body as foreign tissue, and it attacks and causes damage, resulting in inflammation and pain.

RA Disease Awareness Day was created in 2013 by the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) to help raise awareness of the disease and to combat the misconceptions that exist about RA.


Research, such as a study published in July 2020 in RDM Open, has shown that a lack of public education and awareness can lead to delays in seeking medical advice, which can result in inadequate treatment.

"Rheumatoid disease...is an autoimmune condition in which linings of the joints are viewed by the body as foreign tissue, and it attacks and causes damage, resulting in inflammation and pain."