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Selena Gomez confirms she has lupus

Lupus Foundation of America

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In an interview with Billboard magazine, entertainer Selena Gomez has for the first time publicly confirmed that she has lupus and has been “going through chemotherapy.” Fans may be surprised to hear chemotherapy mentioned in association with the treatment of lupus and wonder whether lupus has a connection to cancer. In fact, this is a common misconception. 

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). It is not like or related to cancer. However, some treatments for lupus may include immunosuppressant drugs that are also used in chemotherapy. Learn more about medications that are used to treat lupus.

Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor who is knowledgeable and experienced with managing a disease that is as unpredictable and diverse as lupus. However, with good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.

Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers can also develop lupus. Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among non-Caucasians. Learn more about lupus.

The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that an estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus.