11/7/2022 “COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month” By Kaylee McGrath
Each November, the COPD Foundation and its various communities increase their effort on building awareness for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This year, the Foundation’s COPD Awareness theme is Lace-Up for Lungs: Let's Outpace COPD. The foundation is committed to advanced approaches in preventing COPD and encouraging early diagnosis while improving lives and advocating for all affected.
1) There are 16 million U.S. adults that have COPD, and millions more remain undiagnosed and unaware that they have the disease.
2) COPD kills more than 150,000 people each year in the United States and more than 3.2 million people worldwide.
3) Despite the high number of deaths, COPD is ranked 176th in research funding in the U.S
The COPD Foundation welcomes all those interested in learning more about COPD and its impact to go the distance and join them for Lace-Up for Lungs. Together, the foundation and various communities and organizations can bring greater visibility to the disease and educate, engage, and empower the public to recognize COPD symptoms and seek diagnosis and treatment.
Explore and Learn More About COPD Awareness Month Educational Resources:
What is COPD? What do You Need to Know About COPD Symptoms?
• COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term used to describe chronic lung diseases, encompassing emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness
• Unfortunately, the disease can progress for years if it is undiagnosed. It's important to talk to a health care provider as soon as you experience symptoms, including increased shortness of breath, frequent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and unusual tiredness
• While many are not diagnosed with COPD until age 40 or later, early signs of COPD can be found in adults as young as 20 years old
• Early diagnosis is critical to help reduce your lung damage and to help with your quality of life as you manage COPD. Your health care provider can order a Spirometry test and help you establish a COPD care and management plan
• Currently, COPD is an incurable disease; however, it is treatable, and a person diagnosed with COPD who receives the correct diagnosis and treatment can breathe better, thrive, and enjoy their quality of life
What To Do if you Suspect You May Have COPD:
• If you have questions about symptoms, you may be having, visit the foundations Risk Screener and find out more
• Always speak with your health care provider
Take time out to listen to the Health Podcast Series: The COPD Podcast
• The COPD Podcast is a health podcast series dedicated to raising awareness for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and helping guide those affected by the condition so they can live their best lives. Podcasts are brought to you by the COPD Foundation and Health Unmuted
• Whether you are a person with COPD, a caregiver, or a clinician, you will find The COPD Podcast to be a valuable source
Source of Information: Various Google Searches
Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!