From the Alliance for Lupus Research:
Facts on Lupus:
- Lupus hits hardest one of our nation’s most medically-underserved populations.
- While the disease also affects men and children, 90% of all those diagnosed are women in their childbearing years.
- Women of African-American descent are two-thirds more likely to be diagnosed with lupus.
- Also particularly vulnerable are women of Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent.
- Lupus costs the nation over $100 billion a year in direct and indirect medical costs.
- The number of Americans currently affected by lupus is estimated at 1.4 million.
*All statistics from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.