World Lupus Day

Up to seven out of every ten thousand people suffer from a rare autoimmune disease called lupus. Still, there’s no cure for it, and it can affect anyone. May 10 is World Lupus Day, and here’s what you need to know about it.

Lupus was already a known disease in the 12th-century, in the Middle Ages. Although there was little medical knowledge, physicians recognized patients with lupus for a characteristic butterfly-shaped facial rash that affects most patients.

It wasn’t until modernity that lupus was named systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and was identified as a disease in which the body uses its antibodies to attack healthy tissue.

The autoimmune disease affects 1.5 million Americans and at least 5 million more around the world. Although it can affect anyone, it develops mainly in women (9 out of 10 adults with lupus are women), and experts consider there are 16,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

The disease can affect the heart, kidneys, brain, lungs, joints, and skin, which is why it’s paramount that we’re all aware of what lupus is. Here’s where World Lupus Day comes in — a day to educate people about the autoimmune disease and raise awareness about its dangers.

The World Lupus Foundation is behind most awareness and educational efforts and coordinates many health organizations worldwide. The foundation itself is a fantastic source for information about lupus symptoms, types of lupus, and it has become the source for people to find lupus support groups internationally.

Be part of World Lupus Day by learning about the rare disease and making sure the people close to you know about it, especially its symptoms. It might be the difference between detecting the disease at an early stage. Learn more about lupus because it could affect someone close to you!

History of World Lupus Day

The World Lupus Federation is based in Washington DC and organizes various health organizations to make every May 10 the World Lupus Day. Celebrated since 2004, this is only one of many efforts to make lupus an international health priority.

This is also an awareness day to educate the public about lupus, its symptoms, and treatments. The first step is making sure people are diagnosed correctly, which leads to proper, timely treatments.

Along with support groups organized by people suffering from lupus and their families, the World Lupus Foundation also offers an awareness toolkit on their website and powerful online campaigns with the hashtag #makelupusvisible. With logos, banners, posters, and ads, the foundation is slowly making people realize this disease is a real threat and we’re all exposed to it.

Available in many languages, the awareness material is distributed all year round, but especially on May 10. It’s the first step in understanding a disease that we still don’t know how to defeat. Learn more and help out!

How to Be Part of World Lupus Day

Join the Make Lupus Visible Campaign and share official awareness and education material with your friends and family through social networks. Let’s fight this rare disease together!

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