21 October 2012
October is Lupus awareness month. Lupus is a non-contagious, auto-immune disease. It can affect any organ. In Lupus, the immune system loses the ability to tell the difference between its own cells and foreign substances, so it creates antibodies directed against the body itself. More than 5 million people around the world have Lupus, making it more common than MS, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy and Sickle cell anemia combined. It is a disease that can develop in women, men and children, but is most common in women of African or Asian desent.