3 Possible Risks for Scleroderma Targeted
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:
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.
Studies are being conducted into possible environmental factors that could trigger the disease.
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.
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