COPD in Women and Men


Let’s go over a few more diseases that
affect women differently than men so there are many things like lung disease
but apparently chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is the most
common, really? Is the most common? And is apparently one of the top five leading
causes of death—>And what’s really incredible about this is that more women
are dying of COPD every year than men and that this is particularly
interesting because men on average smoke more than women and we know that COPD is
extremely very strongly linked to smoking. In fact, 9 out of 10 cases of
COPD are caused by smoking so what we’re learning is that women may have a
different susceptibility to cigarette smoke than men women who smoke tend to
get COPD in other words earlier than men and to get much more
severe disease.>And here we’re looking at numbers and forgive me for interrupting
but you can see there the numbers and the differences.>Absolutely
and we also know that at the same stage of disease women report poor
health-related quality of life and men so we smoke less but were more
susceptible when we do smoke and we get more chronic obstructive lung disease
than men do.>And what I wanted to share with our viewers if we could come back
now to the studio is the fact that when we were in a break she asked me so what
do you think would be number one in terms of death rates and you hear a lot
of breast cancer but it’s not, it’s lung disease.>And in
fact it’s a second cancer in general the second leading cause of death on
women and cancer of the lung lung cancer is actually the leading cause of cancer
mobility and in fact again if you were to ask most women they would say breast
cancer and again there’s been such wonderful public awareness and campaigns
on breast cancer but in fact if you put together all breast cancer, all uterine
cancer, and all ovarian cancer together, lung cancer surpasses all of those even
together so that’s what’s really incredible and women unfortunately are
more susceptible to lung cancer than men in fact non-smoking women are twice even
a little bit higher than twice as likely of dying and developing lung cancer than
non-smoking men.