A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop SLE with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing SLE. There is no way to reduce your risk.
SLE occurs primarily in women of childbearing age. It affects nonwhite women more frequently than white women.
The major risk factors are:
—The majority of people with SLE are women.
—SLE first occurs most often in the late teens to early 30s.
—People who are African American, Native American, Asian, or Hispanic are at greater risk than those who are white.
—Having a relative with SLE increases your chances of developing the disease.
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