As many as 1 in 250 Black women will develop lupus in their lifetime. The autoimmune disease tends to attack Black women around their 30s at higher rates than White women. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study done by Emory University in 2013 that examined the relationship of Black women to Lupus. Black women also have a higher likelihood of facing harsher complications like kidney failure, skin rashes, heart attacks and possible kidney transplant. Though there is still a mystery on what causes lupus and concrete ways of treating it, the National Lupus Patient Registry was created to help monitor those with the disease, in hopes of finding a way to diagnose lupus earlier and gain data that might help to fight the disease.

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