WNY: 2nd Highest Rank in Country for Multiple Sclerosis Cases

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM EDT

Western New York ranks #2 in the country for M.S. cases. Experts say they've found three factors which appear to play a role.

1.) Lack of Vitamin D - the lack of sun in Western New York winters could be an issue and scientists say there's a link. Consider the other cities with high rates of M.S. are Seattle and Minneapolis

2.) Smoking

3.) Genetics - If someone else in your family has the disease, the risks increase.

Dr. Weinstock-Guttman says Annette Funicello's struggles helped to bring awareness and attention to the disease.