KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
WASHINGTON STATE – Even though it’s commonly thought of as a “man’s disease,” women are more at risk of having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Lung Health Manager for the American Lung Association’s Washington office, Cheryl McDonald says that even though Washington State has slightly less cases than Oregon, Idaho and Montana, there is still 36,000 more women than men in the state with COPD and more who do not know they have it.
In total, 124,000 women in the state have COPD, which is almost 5 percent of the population.
The disease is commonly caused by smoking, but can also be triggered from years of secondhand smoke, air pollution or on-the-job exposure.
McDonald says it’s important for women to get screened, especially those under the age of 65.