Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Emphysema Incidence

Facts about emphysema:

  • 30 million people in the US have COPD.
  • 8 million people in the US have chronic bronchitis.
  • 2 million people in the US have emphysema.
  • Most cases of emphysema occur in people over 40 years of age.
  • Men are affected more frequently than women.
  • COPD is the fifth leading cause of death in the US: about 60,000 deaths per year.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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