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National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month
What does “autoimmune disease” mean to you? Do you know how it affects the people in your life? Or maybe even yourself? March is National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month. This is a category of disease which affects more Americans than Cancer and remains one of the top 10 killers of women under the age of 64.
During the awareness month, we ask supporters to take notice of the 50 million of our friends, family, and co-workers who suffer every day with one or more of the 100+ autoimmune diseases and introduce you to the “We are 50 Million” campaign. “We are 50 Million” will spotlight autoimmune patient stories from around the country answering the question, “How Many of the 50 Million Does Your Family Represent?” The answers to this question highlight important facts about autoimmune diseases which everyone should be aware of. Supporters of this mission are also encouraged to text A-A-R-D-A to 20222 to donate $5 for the benefit of AARDA research by the Mobile Giving Foundation in order to help future research.
Did you know that?
50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease comprising a major U.S. health crisis
There are 100+ autoimmune diseases including: lupus, Crohn’s disease, celiac, Addison’s disease, vasculitis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ulcerative colitis.
Autoimmune diseases tend to “cluster” in families, for example, if your grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus, you could be at greater risk for developing an autoimmune disease.
Less than 13 percent of American’s can name an autoimmune disease and yet it ranks as deadly as Cancer and Heart Disease.
Autoimmune diseases target women 75 percent more often than men and they are one of the top ten killers of women under the age of 64.
For more information visit the official website at www.aarda.org or find AARDA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/American-Autoimmune-Related-Diseases-Association-AARDA/128417011188.