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There are many types of lupus. The most common is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease, which means the body attacks and damages its own tissues. As a result, inflammation can occur in the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and the nervous system. The condition can vary in severity. A person may experience active periods, commonly known as flares or flare-ups, and times where there is decreased activity or even inactivity (remission).
SLE affects about one in every 1,000 Canadians. Men, women and children can all be diagnosed with lupus but it is far more common in women (nine times more women than men are diagnosed).
Other types of lupus include discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and sub-acute cutaneous lupus (SCLE), where skin rashes and sun sensitivity are the primary symptoms. Some people with skin lupus (cutaneous) also develop systemic lupus but most do not.
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