How common is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

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As many as 1.5 million Americans may suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. Between 1.8 and 7.6 people per 100,000 develop SLE each year. SLE is most common in women between the ages of 15 to 40. Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians seem most affected.

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