Lupus Awareness Month, observed in May, raises awareness and educates others about this life-changing disease.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In a healthy immune system, the body produces antibodies, which destroy unhealthy cells such as bacteria, viruses and foreign waste. Lupus, however, causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attack healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body including any organ.
Lupus can often be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are similar to other diseases. In some cases it is not uncommon for several years to pass before a diagnosis of lupus is confirmed as other diseases may be ruled out first. As symptoms of lupus can come and go, it can make diagnosis even harder.
Lupus Awarenes Month is a time to educate the public about this little-understood autoimmune disease. An estimated 1.5 million men, women and children have lupus in the United States. But the overwhelming majority are women. They often develop lupus during their childbearing years and the disease severely disrupts family life. While lupus can be disabling and fatal, the disease can be managed in most cases through aggressive medical treatment and lifestyle changes.
Someone you know has lupus...is the awareness campaign established by the Lupus Foundation of America.
The awareness color for Lupus is Purple.
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