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Cana­di­ans have been di­ag­nosed with COPD

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Novem­ber 15, 2017:

Pa­tients, health care pro­fes­sion­als, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies are com­ing to­gether on this day to take ac­tion against one of the world’s most preva­lent res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases.

Chronic Ob­struc­tive Pul­monary Dis­ease (COPD),

is a non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble lung dis­ease that pro­gres­sively robs suf­fer­ers of breath. COPD is the fourth lead­ing cause of death world­wide, caus­ing more than 3 mil­lion deaths ev­ery year, and up to half of peo­ple with the dis­ease don’t know they have it.

This year is the 16th an­nual World COPD Day, an event held each Novem­ber to raise aware­ness of COPD world­wide.

World COPD Day is or­ga­nized by the Global Ini­tia­tive for Chronic Ob­struc­tive Lung Dis­ease, or GOLD ( gold­copd.org), a World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion col­lab­o­ra­tive.

This year’s World COPD Day theme, ‘The Many Faces of COPD’, em­pha­sizes the mean­ing­ful ac­tions pa­tients can take to im­prove their res­pi­ra­tory health, at any stage be­fore or af­ter a COPD di­ag­no­sis.

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. Some peo­ple whose breath­less­ness is very se­vere may avoid seek­ing treat­ment be­cause learn­ing they have COPD is fright­en­ing. The most com­mon cause of COPD is cig­a­rette smok­ing. For peo­ple who smoke, the most ef­fec­tive strat­egy to pre­vent COPD is to quit smok­ing.

If you think you have COPD, talk to your doc­tor.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit COPD Canada

copd­canada.info or Liv­ing Well with COPD liv­ing­well­with­COPD.com

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