This disease, Sjögren's syndrome, affects over three million Americans and is a common autoimmune disorder but how many people have heard of it?
Few people know how to pronounce it, let alone have heard of it and doctors rarely consider it when patients describe their symptoms. Apparently medical students do not learn much about Sjögren's and the symptoms are wide and vary from patient to patient. All of this leads to an average six years delay before diagnosis.
This is a dilemma as early diagnosis is important especially as people with Sjögren's have a higher risk of developing lymphoma. If they knew they had Sjogren's they could be alerted to the early warning signs of lymphoma cancer.