I'm taking part in the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society's (NRAS) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Awareness Week, which is taking place this week. I uploaded a short video about RA on my YouTube Channel.
I receive a lot of correspondence about arthritis from my constituents, so I'm really glad to be taking part in RA Awareness Week and supporting NRAS, which is a small charity that raises much-needed awareness about the impact of RA.
RA is an incurable autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing inflammation. RA can affect the entire body, it tends to attack the joints in the hands and feet first but can also attack organs such as the lungs, heart and eyes.
RA affects 400,000 people in the UK and can strike at any age, but it is more likely to be diagnosed in people between 30-50 years old.
I recently tabled a question about early diagnosis of RA with the Department of Health and Social Care, which you can view here.
I'll continue to support NRAS and raise their concerns with Ministerial colleagues. I hope that everyone in Mansfield and Warsop uses RA Awareness Week as an opportunity to find out more about RA.