For countless years, COPD has been looked at as a disease that primarily affects men. But, this misperception couldn’t be further from the truth. More than 7 million women are living with COPD, and millions more remain undiagnosed.1 Additionally, the rate at which women are dying as a result of COPD has been on the rise since 2000.1
So what can you do to help prevent female patients from being overlooked? In honor of Women’s Health Month, let’s take a look back at when COPD became prominent in women and how you can help them get the care they need.