It's Lupus Awareness Month

October is Lupus Awareness Month. An excellent opportunity to raise awareness of those around us about this little-known autoimmune disease, that affects millions worldwide and about 1 in 2,000 Canadians, most often young women. Also known as systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), lupus causes the immune system to overreact and attack healthy organs, most often the skin, the joints and the kidneys. The cause of lupus is still unclear, but genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the condition. Our experts from the MUHC Lupus Clinic and the patients they treat take the opportunity to present facts about the disease with 1,000 faces.