American Lung Association Releases Report on the Burden of COPD in Women

Health Disparity Report Identifies Steps to Reduce this Deadly Disease

Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2013)

WHAT:  The American Lung Association is releasing its latest health disparity report, “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women,” which examines the nation’s third leading cause of death and its increased prevalence among women in the United States.  

WHEN: “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women,” will be released on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

WHY:  More than seven million women in the United States currently have COPD, and millions more have symptoms but have yet to be diagnosed.  The number of deaths among women from COPD has more than quadrupled since 1980, and since 2000 the disease has claimed the lives of more women than men in this country each year.

The American Lung Association calls on government agencies, the research and funding community, insurers and health systems, employers, clinicians, women and their families to take steps now to address this deadly disease.  The key finding and these steps are detailed in the full report.

HOW:  To download the report on June 5, visit


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