1 In 700 Births: 10 Facts To Know About Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Chromosomal Condition

This extra genetic material can cause developmental delays and physical characteristics associated with Down syndrome. 

Down Syndrome Occurs in About 1 in 700 Births

It affects individuals of all races and ethnicities. 

Life Expectancy Has Increased

Thanks to advances in medical care and treatment, the life expectancy for individuals with Down syndrome has increased significantly.  

Unique Physical Characteristics

Individuals with Down syndrome often have distinct physical characteristics, such as almond-shaped eyes, a flattened facial profile, and a small nose and mouth. 

Cognitive Development

Down syndrome can affect cognitive development, causing delays in speech and language development, as well as learning and intellectual disabilities. 

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