Asthma Facts

  • Asthma has steadily increased among all age groups, gender and racial groups since the 1980s.
  • Asthma is higher among children than adults, and higher among African-Americans than whites.
  • Nearly 17 million American adults suffer from asthma, according a first-ever state-by-state survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting more than one child in 20.
  • Nearly 5,000 people die each year from this ailment.
  • More women die from asthma than men and African-Americans die from asthma at a higher rate than whites.
  • Certain factors indicate that many asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations are preventable when asthma is properly managed. For instance, people with asthma need to avoid environmental factors that make asthma worse, recognize early warning signs of worsening asthma, recognize the severity of an asthma episode, take appropriate medications as prescribed, and seek prompt medical help when problems occur.
  • More women are hospitalized for asthma than men, and African-Americans are hospitalized from asthma three and one-half times more than whites.
  • Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children affecting more than 4 million of them in the United States .