Women & Lung Health

Empowering women through education and resources

Lung disease has grown steadily over the last three decades and women are bearing a disproportionate share of the health burden. For example:
  • The number of women diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has surged ahead of men.
  • Asthma rates among women rose 97% compared to a 22% increase in men over a 14-year period.
  • More women die of lung cancer than from any other type of cancer.
  • Nearly two-thirds of women are solely responsible for health care decisions for their families.

Respiratory Health Association created Catch Your Breath®, an initiative for women and lung health to raise awareness and funding for lung health research. Today, Catch Your Breath:

  • Educates the public and medical professionals about the disproportionate effects of lung disease on women.
  • Funds gender-based research studies.
  • Advocates for increased funding for research to better understand lung disease and improve treatments.
  • Supports women in their role as a family health decision maker.

For more information, contact Amy O'Rourke:
Email Amy
(312) 628-0217