BENEFITING: Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester, Inc.
1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy. Out of 2.2 million troops that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; it is estimated that 440,000 of these soldiers will experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and more than 100,000 of these soldiers are expected to develop post-traumatic epilepsy Many people can experience a seizure under certain circumstances. Nearly 10% of Americans have a seizure at some point in their lives, and they can occur at any age. That being said, it has also been found that children are more likely than other groups to experience a seizure. It is reported that 300,000 people have their first convulsion---or seizure---each year, with 120,000 of those people under the age of 18. Between 75,000 and 100,000 of those who experience their first seizure are under the age of five, with the most likely cause being a fever. About 200,000 cases of epilepsy, or repeated seizures, are diagnosed each year, with the highest levels of incidence for those under the age of two and over the age of 65. In most cases, the cause of the seizure is unknown, which makes the seizures incredibly difficult to prevent. Measures should be taken to avoid injuries to the head, which causes seizures. Wearing a helmet during bike riding or other physical activity is an excellent idea. People should also avoid binge drinking or taking illegal drugs, both of which can cause seizures.