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Women just as susceptible to chronic lung diseases

Published on Nov 14, 2012 2:34 PM
 
The first study on the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) revealed that women may be more susceptible to smoking-related lung damage. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

CHRONIC lung diseases are just as prevalent among local women as in men, a local study has found.

The first study on the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) also revealed that women may be more susceptible to the smoking-related lung damage.

The study surveyed 949 adults - 64 per cent men - with a median age of 52 years. They were asked to complete a risk assessment questionnaire and a breathing test for COPD, that measures a person's lung capacity.

It detected COPD in about 9 per cent of the male respondents, and 8 per cent of women, even though there was a significantly higher proportion of smokers and ex-smokers among the men.

 
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