November is National COPD Awareness Month: Wear Orange

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.

Woman promoting COPD awareness

Woman with COPD using portable oxygen system

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

I and other panelists will be presenting information about COPD and will answer questions. I hope to see you there.

Key facts about COPD:

  1. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.
  2. 5.2% of adult men and 6.7% of adult women have COPD.
  3. 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.

Additional information is available on the COPD Foundation website:

November is COPD Awareness Month

A message from James P. Kiley, Ph.D., director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.