COPD which is traditionally a man’s disease has been overtaken by women. According to the American Lung Association, 58% of women account for the 14.7 million people in the US living with this disease.
Researchers believe that the increase in women dying from COPD is because of the adoption of smoking which was traditionally for men. Around the 1920s and 30s, tobacco companies begin targeting women appealing to their sense of independence and sexual desirability.
Another study shows that women may be more susceptible to the toxic chemicals in cigarettes than men. It could be that the estrogen worsens the lung damage caused by cigarette smoke.
COPD includes several lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other conditions that cause difficulty breathing.
Traditionally the disease inflicts men, so it’s a little more challenging to diagnose in women. Up to recently, it was thought of as only a man’s disease. Physicians say many women even today unknowingly live with the disease because they don’t want to seek help.
Symptoms of COPD may include a chronic cough, wheezing, feel tightening of the chess, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can be exasperated by his assertion such as going up the stairs.
Doctors say the most important thing a patient can do after diagnosis is to quit smoking. COPD is incurable but can be controlled.