Tuesday, April 24, 2018
 

Taking Her Breath Away

The Rise of COPD in Women

Posted By: Continuing Education Editor
Posted On: Friday, June 14, 2013
Filed Under: Informative

Once in a while an article comes along that just makes you stop and think. You question your feelings, and as a healthcare provider, you then question the system. You believe that logic will make sense of what you just read, so you read it again: "The number of deaths among women from COPD has more than quadrupled since 1980 yet it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated for women."

The article "Taking her breath away - the rise of COPD in Women" by the American Lung Association inextricably links the history of tobacco use and changing gender roles to the rise of COPD in women. Did you know that by 1973, less than six years after the introduction of Virginia Slims, the rate of 12-year-old girls who had started smoking increased by 110 percent?http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/lung-disease-data/rise-of-copd-in-women-full.pdf 

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