National organization will advocate for the one million Canadians who
live with psoriasis
ST. JOHN'S, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Psoriasis Network (CPN), a Canadian-based patient network for those living with psoriasis
and psoriatic arthritis will launch on World Psoriasis Day on October
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory, genetic disease of the immune
system that appears most visibly on the skin, causing it to crack, itch
and bleed. It also greatly elevates the risk of cardio vascular
disease, diabetes, depression and obesity. It is the most common
autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 1 million
Canadians. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic
arthritis, which causes pain and swelling of the joints. If left
untreated, psoriatic arthritis can cause irreversible joint damage.
The Canadian Psoriasis Network has become a voice and source of
information for psoriasis sufferers. Andrew Gosse, who has lived with
psoriasis for 25 years, founded the organization.
"I created the Canadian Psoriasis Network to speak up for people living
with this disease," says Andrew Gosse, Founder, Canadian Psoriasis
Network. "As someone who has lived with and suffered from psoriasis for
many years, I know that it's crucial to be informed about the disease.
There are successful treatment options available and there are brighter
days ahead. I don't want anyone living with this disease to feel as
hopeless as I did for many years."
The CPN has developed a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to help
psoriasis patients get the care they need by encouraging doctors to
take psoriatic disease more seriously and to keep informed about
treatment options. The bill emphasizes the rights for psoriatic
patients to receive medical care from a healthcare provider who
understands that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are serious
autoimmune diseases which are often undertreated or ignored.
"For decades, psoriasis was treated as a cosmetic condition," said Dr.
Wayne Gulliver, Dermatologist and Head of the Advisory Committee
Medical Board, Canadian Psoriasis Network. "Psoriatic patients have a
right to be treated by a specialist who understands the severity of the
condition. This unfortunately is not always the case."
The CPN Board of Directors is comprised of skin health care
professionals and psoriasis patient advocates who understand firsthand
the devastating effects of psoriasis on the physical, emotional and
social elements of life. Together they have combined their experience
in an effort to change the way psoriasis is perceived, understood and
About the Canadian Psoriasis Network
The Canadian Psoriasis Network is a nonprofit organization serving
people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in Canada. Its mission is
to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate
the devastating effects of psoriasis through research, advocacy and
education. To learn more please visit http://www.canadianpsoriasisnetwork.com
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