- If it's diagnosed early, lupus can be cured.
- Lupus is more common than breast cancer.
- Lupus is never fatal.
- Lupus can be prevented.
- You can't tell how sick a lupus patient is by looking at them.
- Only women get lupus.
- Children can get lupus.
- Some of the drugs prescribed for lupus are actually chemotherapy drugs used for cancer, and antimalarial drugs.
- Lupus patients should stay out of the sun.
- Improving nutrition will cure lupus.
1 - False. Lupus is (so far) incurable. Hopefully, medical research will eventually reach a point where lupus can be cured. 2 - True. Lupus is far more common than many people realise. 3 - False, lupus can cause organ failure, causing death. 4 - False. The cause of lupus is still unknown, so there is no way to prevent it. 5 - True. Most of the symptoms of lupus are invisible. False - 10% of people with lupus are men. 7 - True. Lupus does not begin at particular age. 8 - True. Very few lupus drugs were specifically developed for lupus. 9 - True. Many lupus patients are photosensitive and can get rashes or full-blown lupus flares from sunlight. The ultraviolet light in fluorescent lighting can also affect lupus patients, so sun protection is even important inside and at night. 10 - False. Good nutrition is always a good idea, but it will not cure lupus.
This post written as part of Wego Health's Health Activist Writers' Month Challenge.