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Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, occurring in approximately one of every 800 births.
Down syndrome occurs when an individual has extra genetic material associated with the 21st chromosome. There are three types of chromosomal patterns that result in Down syndrome: trisomy 21, translocation and mosaicism. 95% of all people with Down syndrome have trisomy 21, which means they would have a total of 47 chromosomes, the result of having an extra 21st chromosome.
Contrary to popular belief, 80% of all babies born with Down syndrome are born to women under the age of 35, as these are the child bearing years.
It is important to note that nothing the mother did or did not do during pregnancy caused Down syndrome to occur.
Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality or socio-economic status.
In Calgary and Southern Alberta, about 30 children with Down syndrome are born each year, but this can vary from year to year.