Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are the most common type of ulcers found on the leg. They account for up to 90% of lower leg ulcers:
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Approximately 600,000 individuals develop a VLU annually:
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30% of venous leg ulcers remain unhealed after a 24 week period:
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In the US, venous leg ulcers cost the health system around 2.5 billion:
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An average of 2 million working days are lost every year because of venous leg ulcers:
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