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Who suffers from Scleroderma?

Scleroderma affects both sexes, with a female to male ratio of between three and four to one. It can occur at any age although the peak incidence is 40-60 years. The condition can occur in children although this is rare. It has been reported in most countries throughout the world and in most racial groups. It is less common in Black Africa and Polynesia. The condition is not hereditary and it is very rare for it to occur in more than one member of a family. There are estimated to be over 5,000 persons with scleroderma in Australia.