ITP is a growing but little understood health problem that most people (including some medical professionals) have never heard of. It affects individuals of all ages, sexes, and ethnic origins and ten times as many people as hemophilia.
Fortunately, substantial progress in understanding the mechanisms of ITP has been made in recent years and new treatments are now available. As research continues, however, the challenge continues in educating healthcare professionals and the public about this disorder. ITP patients and caregivers often feel they know more about the disease than their healthcare providers.
While there is no cure for ITP, more is known about the disorder each year and research continues to develop. The patient voice becomes louder and clearer, but there are still so many unanswered questions.
Join PDSA this September as we come together to raise awareness for ITP and other platelet disorders. There's never been a more important time to power up, get pumped, get in the game, and Sport Purple for Platelets!