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About 1.3 million American adults have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA occurs worldwide. It affects people of every race and ethnic group. Men, women, and children get RA. There are some people who are more likely to get it than others. Research has found that RA most often occurs in those who are:
There are some other factors that may be connected to getting RA. No one understands yet why these things may increase the risk for RA. Scientists continue to study these possible risk factors:
Scientists also continue to explore factors that seem to protect people from getting RA. The chances of getting RA may be reduced by:
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