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Women & lung Disease

Lung or respiratory disease refers to disorders that impact the lungs, the organs we use to breathe. Lung disease is a major health concern across the US, particularly among women.

 

Approximately 1 in 6 women in the U.S. is living with lung disease today. Millions more have early symptoms that haven't been diagnosed.

 

Today, the number of women being diagnosed with lung disease is on the rise; women are more likely to experience severe symptoms of some lung diseases; and more women are dying from lung disease than men.

Asthma Facts

  • More than 13 million women in the U.S. have asthma – accounting for 65 percent of all adults with asthma.

  • Two-thirds of all asthma deaths in the U.S. are among women.

  • Changing hormone levels, allergies or even illness can cause asthma at any age.

  • Women are more likely to have severe asthma than men.

Erica K.

Her adult asthma story >>

COPD Facts

A COPD flare-up can stop you in your tracks, no matter what you have planned. It's hard to keep up, and every cold can be life-threatening. 

- Gertte S. 

  • An estimated 7 million U.S. women are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Millions more have early symptoms but don’t know it yet.

  • While smoking is a common cause of COPD, there are other risk factors including genetics and exposure to chemicals and pollutants.

  • 10-20% of COPD patients have never smoked.

  • Today, more women die of COPD each year than men.

  • An average of 193 women die each day of lung cancer, one every 7 minutes.

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women.

  • More women die from lung cancer than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined.

  • Over 130,000 women who never smoked were diagnosed with lung cancer in the past 7 years.

  • Lung cancer receives 3-7 times less federal research funding per death than other well-known cancers.

Rebecca W.

Her lung cancer story >>