Free Webinar 'COPD and Women: Gender Disparities Worldwide'

March 07, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 8, 2018 – This International Women’s Day, the COPD Foundation will host a free webinar “COPD and Women: Gender Disparities Worldwide” to address the critical impact chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has on women and their greater communities. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease is characterized by an increasing inability to breathe and affects more than 200 million globally. COPD has historically been considered a “man’s disease,” however over the past 50 years COPD deaths have increased by only 27% in men versus 400% in women.

Our experts, Dr. MeiLan Han, MD, MS, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Michigan, as well as Kristen Willard and Stephanie Williams of the COPD Foundation will provide insights into the gaps in care worldwide. “If you ask a physician to envision a COPD patient, in their mind they see a man, because men are more likely to have been smokers for long periods of time," says Dr. Han.

Our speakers will tell us why:

  • Women tend to be under-diagnosed and under-treated
  • The progression and course of COPD can be more severe in women
  • We need more research into gender-related issues with COPD

The webinar will be hosted at 11 a.m. EST on March 8, 2018. Click here to register for free: