ElderCare Q&A – October 2017 – Lung Health


Sep 2017


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Q&A column Oct 2017 Lung Health


Q:What are the major lung conditions elders should know about?


A: Diseases of the lung are almost as common as breathing air. Lung problems that are common among older people include: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung cancer, and asthma.


The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 18.4 million American adults currently have asthma. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and the second most common cancer among both men and women. Almost 15.7 million people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the third leading cause of death. The American Lung Association estimates that in 2016 there were 555,374 adults in Massachusetts diagnosed with asthma, 307,924 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and 4,302 people with lung disease.


*Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD is a disease…..


Q&A column Oct 2017 Lung Health

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