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Ask the Doctor - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • In 2011, 12.7 million U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) were estimated to have COPS.*

  • Overall, 6.3% of U.S. adults (an estimated 15 million) have been told by a health care provider that they have COPD. Prevalence of COPD increased, from 3.2% among those aged 18-44 years to >11.6% among those aged ≥65 years.***

  • Of the estimated 4.7 million americans ever diagnosed with emphysema, 92 percent are 45 or older.*

  • Women have exceeded men in the number of deaths attributable to COPD. In 2010, more than 70,000 females died compared to more than 64,000 males.*

  • Number of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in 2012: 8.7 million.**

  • Number of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 4.1 million.**

  • Number of adults diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2012: 6.8 million.**

  • In 2011, an estimated 10.1 million Americans reported a physician diagnosis of chronic bronchitis.*

  • COPD is the third leading cause of death in America, claiming the lives of more than 130,000 Americans in 2010.*

  • Among 39,038 respondents in a CDC study reported in the morbidity and mortality weekly report, of people with COPD in all states, 
    • 36.4% were former smokers,
    • 38.7% were current smokers, and
    • 43.7% had a history of asthma.***



*The American Lung Association