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How common is lupus?

Around 16,000 Americans develop lupus each year. It is most common in young women; about 90 percent of those diagnosed are women from the ages of 15 to 44. It occurs more frequently in blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Suhail Kumar, MD
Rheumatology

Roughly 5 new cases in a 100,000 are diagnosed each year.  One in a 1000 Caucasians live with lupus with four times as many in the African-American population.

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