Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women

Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women
Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women is the latest report to be released in the Disparities in Lung Health series.

Disparities in Lung Health Series

On June 5, the American Lung Association released the next report in its Disparities in Lung Health Series — “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women.” This report examines the burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, among women.

COPD has long been considered a disease of white men, as they have historically smoked at higher rates than other groups. That profile is changing, and the rate of COPD among women has climbed steadily in recent years. Closer examination reveals a number of disparities in burden of disease, risk factors, and healthcare practices that must be addressed.

This report is an important tool to raise awareness of this health disparity, generate constructive discussions and build partnerships within the healthcare industry, as well as governments, community leaders and individuals to seek solutions.

Read the Report

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