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June is Scleroderma Awareness Month in Trussville

By Erica Thomas, managing editor

TRUSSVILLE — The city of Trussville declared June as Scleroderma Awareness Month, during the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a group of rare diseases that more often affects women. It commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. The chronic connective tissue disease is generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

Council member Zack Steele presented the presentation.

“It is an autoimmune disease…it’s a painful thing,” said Steele. “There is a significant need to research scleroderma.”

Symptoms include tightening of the skin, joint pain, exaggerated response to cold (Raynaud’s disease), and heartburn.

Proclamation number 2019-014 was passed anonymously.

National Scleroderma Awareness Month is made possible by the Scleroderma Foundation, a federally qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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