Epilepsy facts and figures

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Over 500,000 people have a type of epilepsy in the U.K, which equates to around 1 in every 100 people. Alongside this however, around 1 in 20 people will have a seizure during their life. Epilepsy is a physical condition, and people with epilepsy have the same mental abilities and intelligence as those without.

Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age, without warning or apparent cause. It must also be considered, however, that epilepsy can go into remission and stop presenting. About 30% of new cases every year begin in childhood, especially around the start of puberty and another period of relatively high incidence is in people over the age of 70.