National Women's Health Week

Posted on May 12, 2015   |   
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In honor of National Women's Health Week, we want to celebrate all of the women in our lives, and encourage them to assess their health.

The Department of Health and Human Services says, “We know that women are often the ones who make sure everyone – everyone else, that is – in our families are cared for. But too often, we put our own health last. But the reality is unless you take care of yourself, you cannot really take care of your family. That means eating right, exercising, quitting smoking, and getting the care necessary to stay healthy.”

COPD and Women COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 30 million Americans are living with the disease, and over half of these people don’t even know they have it. As people grow older, they mistake symptoms of COPD for regular signs of aging.

What are the symptoms? Increased breathlessness, frequent coughing (with and without sputum), wheezing, and tightness in your chest.

For women, COPD has begun to be an increasing problem:

  • 6.7 percent of adult women have COPD, compared to 5.2 percent of men
  • COPD kills more women every year than breast cancer and diabetes combined
  • Women who smoke are 13 times as likely to die from COPD
  • In 2011, there were over 492,000 hospitalizations for women with COPD

These are all reasons why it is important that you talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. If you think you or someone you know may be at risk, share our 5-question Risk Screener.


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  • Tonight I accepted a Proclamation from the City of Melbourne, FL, on behalf of the American Lung Association , naming the week of May 11th through the 15th as "Women's Lung Health Week".

    • Wow, that's great!
      • I just wish the proclamation had specifically mentioned COPD - it said "lung cancer and lung health". But the ALA's number one focus in the past year or so has been lung cancer in women, which does take the lives of more women than men, is the number one cancer killer of women, and according to their statistics, more women die from lung cancer than from COPD!!
    • That's great news Karen - you must be so pleased!
    • awesome!