Written for Mediaplanet’s Dermatology campaign.
Published online and in print inside the National Post on September 12, 2015.
An estimated 1 million Canadians and 125 million people worldwide live with psoriasis – and its effects go beyond the surface of a patient’s skin.
In a 2009 national survey, more than one third of the respondents considered psoriasis a significant problem in their daily life.
Dermatologist Dr. Ron Vender, Director of Venderm Innovations in Psoriasis and associate clinical professor at McMaster University, regularly sees the emotional and physical toll that psoriasis has on patients.
“These patients come in quite desperate, upset or anxious,” he says. However, with long-term treatments now available, he says that there is reason for those with psoriasis to feel hopeful.