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Down’s syndrome births up 25% in UK in last 15 years

Posted in Charities, Screening, Statistics, Surveys by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on September 18, 2008

Here are some interesting statistics about Down’s syndrome:

* “Around 750 babies are born with Down syndrome each year in England and Wales – up 25% from around 600 annual births in the early 1990s.

* Around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year in the North America and around 10,000 across Europe.

* Approximately 220,000 babies are born with Down syndrome worldwide each year. Over 200,000 of these babies are born in less developed regions of the world.

* Over 40,000 people with Down syndrome live in the UK today, around 350,000 in North America and perhaps 400,000 across Europe.

* An estimated 3-4 million people are living with Down syndrome worldwide. As global healthcare improves, the population of people with Down syndrome may double over the next 30 years.”

They have been published by Down Syndrome Education International in conjunction of the findings I noted earlier that indicated that invasive testing for Down’s syndrome carries a much higher risk causing the miscarriage of healthy babies than previously thought.

When you also consider that according to DownsEd, “successful management and treatment of health conditions has raised average life expectancy dramatically for people with Down syndrome from around 12 years in 1950 to around 60 years today” it’s doubly understandable why the charity has called (PDF) on the UK Government to “to consider an urgent review of its approaches to supporting people with Down syndrome and their families and its policies concerning the genetic screening of unborn babies.”

More on that research at the BBC, The Telegraph, ITN and The Observer.

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  1. Rickismom said, on September 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    By the way, Downs Ed has TREMENDOUSLY good issues and information series. Good information based on 20+ years research and experience.
    Now that your “boychik” (little boy) has arrived, its worthwhile for you to check out!

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