Asthma: facts and figures
So far this week we’ve discussed advanced screening and the future of asthma treatment. Join us today as we’ll be talking facts and figures
Posted: 13 May 2016
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Writer: Saša Jankovic
Genetic screening for asthma could help prevent attacks, but we are not quite there yet.
Asthma is a long-term condition that can be well managed with regular medication. In some patients it is a very serious condition which, if not treated properly, can lead to asthma attacks that can be life threatening. However, with the right medicines taken at the right time according to a treatment plan, many patients are able to live a life without symptoms.
• 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12)
• Asthma prevalence is thought to have plateaued since the late 1990s, although the UK still has some of the highest rates in Europe and on average three people a day die from asthma
• In 2014 (the most recent data available), 1216 people died from asthma
• The NHS spends around £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma
• On average, there are three children with asthma in every classroom in the UK
• The UK has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide
• Asthma attacks hospitalise someone every eight minutes; 185 people are admitted to hospital because of asthma attacks every day in the UK
• A child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack.
To keep up to date with the latest developments and to receive updates on how Asthma UK is working with healthcare professionals to improve asthma care visit: www.asthma.org.uk/professionals/sign-up or call Asthma UK's Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to the charity's expert asthma nurses who are here to support healthcare professionals.