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PAN Encourages Americans to Support Lupus Awareness Month in May

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10, 2011– The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation supports the efforts of the Lupus Foundation of America and other lupus organizations around the globe as they observe Lupus Awareness month in May and World Lupus Day on May 10.

An estimated 5 million people in the world have lupus. It is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause severe damage to the tissue and organs in the body and often attacks young women of childbearing age.  Yet, lupus remains a relatively invisible health issue to the public, health professionals, and governments world-wide, thus continuing the need for increased lupus awareness.

Lupus Awareness Month is observed during May to increase public understanding of this unpredictable and potentially life-threatening disease. World Lupus Day began with a Proclamation seven years ago by an international steering committee representing lupus organizations from 13 different nations. The Proclamation is a call to action for governments around the world to increase their financial support for lupus research, awareness and patient services.

This month, The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) urges Americans to pledge to do at least one thing to raise awareness, such as wearing a LFA purple Band Together for Lupus™ wristband or t-shirt, reposting LFA’s lupus facts on your Facebook or Twitter accounts or participating in a local Walk for Lupus Now® event.

To learn more about how you can support Lupus awareness efforts, please visit the LFA’s website at www.lupus.org.