Whale Inhaler

BY ON July 11, 2012

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According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), Asthma is increasing every year in the US:

Too many people have asthma.

  • The number of people with asthma continues to grow. One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the population) had asthma in 2009, compared with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%) in 2001.
  • More than half (53%) of people with asthma had an asthma attack in 2008. More children (57%) than adults (51%) had an attack.
  • 185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma in 2007.
  • About 1 in 10 children (10%) had asthma and 1 in 12 adults (8%) had asthma in 2009. Women were more likely than men and boys more likely than girls to have asthma.
  • About 1 in 9 (11%) non-Hispanic blacks of all ages and about 1 in 6 (17%) of non-Hispanic black children had asthma in 2009, the highest rate among racial/ethnic groups.
  • The greatest rise in asthma rates was among black children (almost a 50% increase) from 2001 through 2009.

Asthma has a high cost for individuals and the nation.

  • Asthma cost the US about $3,300 per person with asthma each year from 2002 to 2007 in medical expenses.
  • Medical expenses associated with asthma increased from $48.6 billion in 2002 to $50.1 billion in 2007. About 2 in 5 (40%) uninsured people with asthma could not afford their prescription medicines and about 1 in 9 (11%) insured people with asthma could not afford
    their prescription medicines.
  • More than half (59%) of children and one-third (33%) of adults who had an asthma attack missed school or work because of asthma in 2008. On average, in 2008 children missed 4 days of school and adults missed 5 days of work because of asthma.

Asthma attacks occur when someone with asthma is exposed to things in the environment, such as diesel exhaust, smog, house dust mites, and tobacco smoke. These are called asthma triggers. Asthma triggers cause symptoms in people who already have the underlying disease. One person’s triggers can be very different from those of another person with asthma. It is important to be aware of what your, or your child’s, triggers are.

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TOPICS: African-American Community, Asthma, Latino Community