3 Possible Risks for Scleroderma Targeted

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by Wendy Henderson |

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Scleroderma is a systemic autoimmune disease that causes hardening of the skin and connective tissues. The disease mostly affects women ages 30-50, but children and men can also get it. There is known cause for scleroderma yet  — but scientists are looking at the following factors for potential higher risks for the disease, according to the Scleroderma Research Foundation:

Read about ten important symptoms of scleroderma you should know about here.

1. Genetics


Although the disease doesn’t tend to run in families, some researchers think certain people may have a genetic predisposition for the condition.  However, this doesn’t mean that a scleroderma patient will go on to have children with the disease.

Find out more about the overlapping symptoms of scleroderma here.

2. Environment


Studies are being conducted into possible environmental factors that could trigger the disease.

Learn more about systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma in our article here.

3. Age and Gender


Because women of childbearing age are four times more likely to have scleroderma than men or children, researchers are looking into whether there is a link between a person’s age and gender and the predisposition for the disease.

Discover seven tips for living with scleroderma in our article here.

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