New figures from the Public Health England (PHE) and the MS Society reveal that the number of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK is an estimated 130,000, which is 20,000 more than previously thought.
To generate the new estimate, PHE took information from a GP database called The Health Improvement Network in 2018. It then applied the number of people identified as having MS to the population as a whole in England. The MS Society replicated the research methodology to establish UK-wide figures.
The new figures do not mean the risk of developing MS has increased. Instead, the rise is likely to be due to a number of factors, including this new calculation method, an ageing MS population and better diagnostic methods.