WORLD COPD DAY 2015: IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
The World COPD Day event is organized by GOLD (the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease)
COPD is a highly prevalent disease, has a large impact on quality of life for patients and their families, and kills millions of people worldwide. Yet perhaps one-quarter to one-half of people with clinically significant COPD don’t know they have it. Reducing the burden of COPD worldwide depends on identifying a greater proportion of the people who have developed the disease, and getting them treatment and other help.
The early stages of COPD are often unrecognized, in part because many individuals discount symptoms such as breathlessness, chronic cough, and bringing up phlegm as a normal part of getting older or an expected consequence of cigarette smoking.
COPD stands for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”
• Chronic means it won’t go away
• Obstructive means partly blocked
• Pulmonary means in the lungs
• Disease means sickness
COPD is a common lung disease that blocks the airways, making breathing difficult.
COPD is usually caused by smoking or exposure to fumes or very dusty places.
Symptoms of COPD include coughing, bringing up phlegm or mucus, and getting short of breath.
Many people have COPD and don’t know it. Some think their symptoms are just a natural part of the aging process. However, COPD is a life-threatening disease that will get worse if not treated.
A simple breathing test called spirometry can help diagnose COPD. The test is quick, painless, and can often be performed in your doctor’s office.
COPD can be treated! Although there is no cure, doctors can help you feel better and slow damage to your lungs. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chances to prevent further lung damage. However, treatments are available to help people at all stages of disease feel better and live a more active life. It’s not too late to get help for COPD!
COPD can be prevented! If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the best way to prevent COPD or stop its progression. It is never too late to quit smoking!
You Might Have COPD If…
…you have a history of exposure to risk factors for the disease.
• Smoking cigarettes or other forms of tobacco—or even passive smoking.
• Dusts and chemicals breathed in on the job.
• Smoke from wood or other biomass fuel used for cooking and heating indoors.
…you are older than 40 years.
…you have symptoms of COPD:
• A cough that won’t go away.
• Bringing up phlegm or mucus when you cough.
• Getting out of breath when you do physical activity, including:
Walking up a flight of stairs
Walking the dog
Getting washed and dressed
Get help for COPD! A simple breathing test called spirometry can help diagnose COPD.
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Ref: Information from GOLD (the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, www.goldcopd.org