World Sarcoidosis Awareness Day - 13 April.

Every year on April 13th, World Sarcoidosis Awareness Day draws attention to this inflammatory disease. The day also encourages those who have this condition to support one another and educate others about living with sarcoidosis.

While sarcoidosis is a rare disease, it still affects thousands of people around the world. In the United States, there are about 200,000 Americans that have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. In the UK, the disease affects about 108,000 people. Also known as sarcoid, this condition occurs when cells in the body clump together to make small lumps. These small lumps are called granulomas. The granulomas usually grow in the lymph glands and lungs. However, granulomas can develop in other parts of the body as well.

In April 2008, the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research declared Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. Eleven years later, the organization launched World Sarcoidosis Awareness Day in conjunction with the April observance. They hosted the first World Sarcoidosis Awareness Day on April 13th, 2019.

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