Lupus Public Awareness

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Lupus Public Awareness
Michelle Alexander
Axia College of University of Phoenix
February 28, 2010

Overview Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause major damage to any organ or tissue in your body. Lupus causes your immune system to become unbalanced and is of unknown etiology. In Lupus the immune system is unable to differentiate between foreign and its own systems cells and tissues. It then produces antibodies that fight the body’s own tissues. Lupus is diagnosed in 90% of women between the ages of 14-44, this is more than the men, but it can affect children and younger teens. It is found in non-whites more than Caucasians (Womens Health 2009). Lupus is not contagious or related to cancer; it is not related to or like HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or even AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

Who is most affected by Lupus? Lupus can develop in all ethnic and racial groups and 9 out of 10 women. Lupus is most commonly found in women of color such as; African American, Hispanic, Latina, Asian, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and Native American. African American women are more than three times higher to get lupus than White American women. African American and Hispanic -Latinos tend to get lupus at an early age and will have more symptoms along with kidney problems. Hispanics have more heart problems and African Americans have more seizures than the other minority groups, this is widely due to the genetics.

Diagnosis of Lupus Lupus is diagnosed in women of childbearing age and can be difficult to properly diagnose. Sometimes it takes several months’ even years before correctly diagnosing Lupus, the symptoms can copy or mimic other diseases. Some people go undiagnosed and there is not any specific testing for Lupus. Some researchers believe that hormones play a role in why lupus is found in females…...

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