Why Are More Black Women Dying From COPD?

 

African American woman doctor looking at xrayFewer Americans are dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but not black women and the middle-aged, a new government report shows.

Between 2000 and 2014, there was a 12 percent overall drop in deaths from the progressive lung disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Report co-author Hanyu Ni said the figures aren’t unexpected, noting that “the declines in the COPD-related mortality are consistent with declines in the prevalence of current smoking for men and women in the United States.”

But, Ni added, the study only quantified death rate trends, and didn’t look at the reasons behind those trends. Ni is an associate director for science with the CDC’s division of vital statistics at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.