COPD A Growing Problem

Posted on June 3, 2018
Archive : June 2018
Category : News

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - A growing health problem for South African women.

There is still a lack of awareness around the risk factors and symptoms of COPD among South African women. COPD is a chronic disease which includes a range of progressive lung diseases.  COPD is a major cause of illness and death around the world and is predicted to become the fourth leading cause of death by the year 2030.

In South Africa’s urban areas, growing numbers of women are smoking, increasing the likelihood that women with respiratory symptoms have COPD. While the main cause of COPD is exposure to tobacco smoke (either active smoking or second­hand smoke), other risk factors include exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution.

 Smoke from biomass fuel is another risk factor for COPD, particularly among women who spend several hours a day cooking in poorly ventilated kitchens. Across Africa, where millions of people still cook over open fires, the risk of COPD may be higher than average.

Read the full article here:   COPD is a Growing Health Issue Among Women

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