Rare diseases

While each rare disease impacts fewer than 30,000 people, as a group, rare diseases are not uncommon. When taken together, they affect a large amount of people.
Rare disease infographic

3.5 million people in the UK are affected by rare diseases,
75 per cent are children.

Types of rare diseases (3A)

Over 6,000 rare diseases have been identified including childhood cancers.

Researcher with microscope

Over recent years, rare diseases have been recognised as a considerable global health burden.