SOURCE: Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Foundation of America

October 08, 2015 11:07 ET

Media Availability: Lupus Foundation of America Experts Available to Discuss Lupus

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 08, 2015) - Spokespeople for the Lupus Foundation of America (Foundation) are available to discuss lupus including treatment options.

Quick facts about lupus:

  • Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that is hard to define. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
  • Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above. However, some treatments for lupus may include immunosuppressant drugs that are also used in chemotherapy.
  • Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
  • An estimated 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
  • Lupus can strike anyone at any time, but 90 percent of the people living with lupus are women.
  • Lupus usually develops between ages 15 and 44, and lasts a lifetime.
  • Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among women of color -- African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders -- than among Caucasian women.

More information is available at lupus.org including:

About the Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, the Foundation leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about lupus, Lupus Science & Medicine Journal and the Lupus Foundation of America at lupus.org. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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