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Who gets lupus?

Lupus is:

  • about nine times as common in women as in men
  • more common in younger people – only about 1 in 15 cases begin after the age of 50, when it tends to be less severe
  • more common in women of Chinese origin
  • most common in women of African or Caribbean origin. It tends to be more severe in people of Afro-Caribbean origin.

Rarely, lupus can affect children, but it's unusual before the age of five.


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