As you know, November is COPD Awareness Month–time to call attention to the third leading cause of death in the U.S. COPD is an umbrella term that describes progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.
For women in particular, COPD is an increasing problem.
- 6.7% of adult women have COPD, compared to 5.2% of men
- COPD killed 7,000 more women than men in 2010, the 10th consecutive year that COPD has killed more women than men
- COPD kills more women every year than breast cancer and diabetes combined
- Women who smoke are 13 times as likely to die from COPD
- In 2011, there were over 492,000 hospitalizations for women with COPD
This month, the COPD Foundation has teamed up with HealthyWomen.org to spread awareness and education about this disease.
Read an editorial by COPD Foundation president and co-founder John W. Walsh on their website, discussing women and COPD.
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If you want to get involved, or host an event this month, please contact us and we can get you started! Education is the key to preventing, managing, and living with COPD—for both women and men.