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It is estimated that there are 22 million people diagnosed with asthma in North America; nearly nine million of them are children.
More than 5000 North Americans will die from an asthma attack this year. It is believed a large percentage of those deaths could be prevented through understanding and preventative actions.
WHO IS AT RISK
- Asthma is common, affecting 5 – 10% of the population.
- Asthma is one of the most common conditions of childhood.
- Asthma is closely linked to allergies.
- Asthma can run in families.
- Most but not all people with asthma have allergies.
- Children with a family history of allergy and asthma are more likely to have asthma.
- Although asthma affects people of all ages, it most often starts in childhood.
- More boys have asthma than girls.
- In adulthood, more women have asthma than men.
- Although asthma affects people of all races, African American are more likely than Caucasians to be hospitalized for asthma attacks.