World COPD Awareness Day is November 16
An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from COPD, while almost one-half have not yet been diagnosed. It is likely that these individuals who don’t know that they have COPD blame their shortness of breath on “getting older” or being “out of shape.”
With early diagnosis and treatment, people with COPD can improve their quality of life and begin to breathe a little easier.
As part of National COPD Awareness Month, many organizations and individuals are trying to raise COPD awareness by hosting events, leading discussions, and conducting other outreach activities to help people take the first step toward improving the lives of those with COPD.
The US COPD Coalition urges the nation to “GO ORANGE” for COPD in November. The color ORANGE calls attention to and provides visual solidarity among efforts across the nation. ORANGE is also the color that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index uses to represent days with unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups, including people with lung disease.
Breathe New Hampshire
is sponsoring a COPD Wellness Workshop from 10 am – 12 noon on November 19 @ 145 Hollis St., Unit C, Manchester, NH 03101
603-669-2411 or 800-835-8647 email firstname.lastname@example.org
I and other panelists will be presenting information about COPD and will answer questions. I hope to see you there.
Key facts about COPD:
Woman with COPD using portable oxygen system
Additional information is available on the COPD Foundation website: http://www.copdfoundation.org
- It is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.
- 5.2% of adult men and 6.7% of adult women have COPD.
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic risk factor for emphysema/COPD. If you have not been tested, ask your health care provider to order the blood test.