Putting numbers in perspective

As someone with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), it’s something difficult to read when it says things like “1 in 100 chance of complication X”. It reads as you have a one per cent probability of getting something, which can be stressful to read.

I found that it’s best to put numbers like these in perspective. It’s safe to say give-or-take 1% of the UK population has AS. In the UK that amounts to about 656,400 people (65 million population in 2016). Of these people, only 1% might get said complication.

That’s roughly 6,564 people.

And the best thing is, is that the number represents an optimal environment of getting it, for example when you have an especially large AS impact to begin with.

Every year about 2,538 people die in road traffic accidents, and roughly 550,000 people die in the UK each year.

Think about that, numbers mean nothing if you put them in perspective.