June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Jun 02, 2014, 09:00 ET from National Headache Foundation

CHICAGO, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The month of June has been designated Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The theme for June, 2014, is based on the vision statement of the National Headache Foundation "A World Without Headache." The global burden of headache is extremely large, putting headache among the top 10 causes of disability worldwide. It is estimated that 1,000,000,000 people in the world suffer from migraines.

Over 36 million Americans experience migraine headaches – that is 12 percent of the population. And headaches cause an estimated 88.4 hours of missed school and work. The annual cost of migraine – including hospital admissions, visits to the physician and emergency room, and prescription medications – totals $7,089 per patient.

This is why the National Headache Foundation is standing up to "show purple, show support" during awareness month. We challenge everyone else to stand up with us and let others know they are not alone. Together, we can work through education, research, and advocacy to create "A World Without Headache."

The National Headache Foundation (NHF) is the premier educational and informational resource for individuals with headache, their families, physicians, allied health care professionals, and health policy decision makers. The mission of the NHF is to cure headache, and end its pain and suffering.

For information on headache causes and treatments, or for a list of physicians in your area who treat headache, please visit www.headaches.org or call 1-888-NHF-5552.

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SOURCE National Headache Foundation