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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.
"Every year 52% of the UK population suffer from some kind of skin affliction, some skin ailments can be treated and managed but there are many which cannot. In our inter-connected world today where most things are available at the click of a button, why oh why cannot all skin diseases be eradicated?
As many of you understand, many skin diseases are incurable. Perhaps not because it is so medically challenging to diagnose but simply because there isn’t enough interest of this to warrant research and investment.
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The unstoppable growth of our planet's population rate compared to the dwindling resources available and the global climate changes dictate a greater awareness of protecting our skin, and more consideration to help those suffering from skin disease.
Baroness Masham of Ilton