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女性对肺病潜在威胁掉以轻心(三)

2005-09-15 00:00

  Despite it killing around 12,000 women in this country every year, a survey by the British Lung Foundation(BLF)found only one per cent of those polled ranked it as their main health worry.

  And only 15% put it in their top five of worrying conditions, despite it killing more than ovarian and cervical cancers combined.

  The survey found that women feared breast cancer the most, and 27% of them wrongly ranked it as Britain's biggest female killer - heart disease is actually worse.

  While COPD rates in men have reached a plateau, women are more susceptible to the condition, perhaps because their lungs have smaller airways.

  With over a quarter of all UK women now smoking - more than in other European countries, including France - and smoking rates on the increase among younger women, the BLF said COPD will become an even greater problem in the years ahead.

  Sufferer Wendy Dawber was recently diagnosed with COPD at just 38. She said: "I just can't believe that I've got this awful disease in my thirties. All I want is to be able to live a normal life with my family but that cant happen now."

  The foundation commissioned the NOP World poll of 1,200 women across the UK last month.

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