Rare Disease SC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an RDAC?

A Rare Disease Advisory Council (RDAC) is an advisory body providing a platform for the rare disease community to have a stronger voice in state government. RDACs address the needs of patients and families affected by a rare disease by giving stakeholders an opportunity to make recommendations to state leaders on critical issues including the need for increased awareness, diagnostic tools and access to affordable treatments and cures.

What is a rare disease?

For purposes of this council, a rare disease is defined as one affecting fewer than 200,000 persons combined in a particular rare disease group.

How many rare diseases are there?

It is estimated that there are 7,000 rare diseases affecting 30 million Americans, or 7 to 8 percent of the population, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).

Do I have a rare disease?

NORD offers a Rare Disease Database and website where you can search to see if your health condition qualifies as a rare disease.

How did I get a rare disease?

Approximately 80 percent of rare diseases are not acquired; they are inherited. They are caused by mutations or defects in genes.