Over 1 million Americans
have been diagnosed with lupus; and 16,000 new patients are diagnosed every
year. This disease is present in every ethnic group, although certain populations
like African Americans and Hispanic Americans are more affected. Lupus is about
ten times more common in women. It afflicts 1 out of 100 women, and about 1
out of 60 African American & Hispanic women. Lupus is more common than AIDS,
sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis,
and cystic fibrosis combined; in fact, 20,000 Americans die from lupus each
year. Lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening, in terms of its clinical presentation.
In most people with lupus, the disease can be controlled with proper
Lupus affects all ethnic groups albeit to different extents. Listed below is
a brief survey of the prevalence rates of lupus in different parts of the world.
||40-70 per 100,000
||50 per 100,000
||15-50 per 100,000
36 per 100,000
||30 per 100,000
||28 per 100,000
||15 per 100,000
||3-10 per 100,000
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