A new American Lung Association report says women are 37-percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, than men – and that millions of women have symptoms that go undiagnosed.
As of 2011, the most recent numbers available, more than 250,000 Arizonans had been diagnosed with COPD, the majority of them women.
Mary Kurth with the Lung Association says many more people have it. In some cases, she says, they just do not think to ask their doctor about it.
Kurth says COPD is now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. and in Arizona, but that medication and pulmonary rehabilitation can improve a person's health.