Asthma diagnoses on the rise: report

May 23, 2012

Atlanta – From 2001 to 2010, the number of people in the United States with asthma increased by 14.8 percent, and many of those people have no plan in place to help control the condition, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Asthma Control Program.

Asthma’s Impact on the Nation analyzed data from the Asthma Call-back Survey and found that an estimated 29.1 million adults were diagnosed with asthma and 18.7 million still have the disease. Additionally, about 10.1 million children were diagnosed with asthma, and 7 million still have it.

“Significantly, this analysis reveals that more than half of all children and more than two-thirds of all adults with asthma do not have an individualized action plan,” Christopher J. Portier, director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said in a press release. “CDC encourages those with asthma to work with their doctors to take control of this disease.”