According to the LFA, Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to the skin, joints and or virtually every organ in the body.  The disease mostly affects women of childbearing age.  African American, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americas are more likely to develop Lupus.   An estimate of 5 million people worldwide including Guam has been diagnosed and is being treated for Lupus.