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Phil Mickelson wins Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

National Psoriasis Foundation congratulates golf legend Phil Mickelson for his win at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday, Feb. 12.

With his victory, Mickelson showed that psoriatic arthritis—a chronic, inflammatory type of arthritis that affects the joints and tendons—doesn't slow him down by crushing fellow golf champion Tiger Woods to take the tournament trophy.

Mickelson was diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disease psoriatic arthritis in August 2010, just days before playing in the PGA Championship. Phil is one of up to 2 million people in the United States currently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which occurs in up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis. Mickelson works to educate Americans about the disease and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

"Phil Mickelson's victory proves that people with psoriatic arthritis can do anything. His victory is a win not only for himself, but also for millions of Americans living with psoriatic arthritis," said Randy Beranek, National Psoriasis Foundation president and CEO.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include generalized fatigue; tenderness, pain and swelling of the tendons; swollen fingers and toes; joints that are hot to the touch; and/or a reduced range of motion.  Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to prevent joint damage.

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February 12, 2012