Chances are that you know someone who knows of someone ill with lupus, but a lack of understanding is still present. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, "SLE" or "Lupus" is the prototypical autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system in the body. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age, although women of all ages, as well as men and children, develop lupus. This chronic life-threatening, life-diminishing disease disproportionately strikes African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women
- a health disparity that remains unexplained.
More than 16,000 Americans develop lupus each year. It is estimated that 1.5 to 2 million Americans have lupus. Symptoms of lupus often mimic other less serious illnesses including achy joints, arthritis, prolonged or extreme fatigue, skin rashes, hair loss, and Reynaud's phenomenon, thus resulting in more cases of just being ignored or misdiagnosed.
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