November is National COPD Awareness Month.
It’s a time when we draw awareness to anything and everything associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We, at the Lung Health Institute Tampa, want to answer the question, What is National COPD Awareness Month All About?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. COPD encompasses emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is usually caused by smoking. However, long-term exposure to irritating chemicals and pollutants are also causes. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath, a constant “smoker’s cough”, sleep apnea and wheezing. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 15 million Americans report that they have been diagnosed with COPD. In addition, more than 50 percent of adults with low pulmonary function were not aware they had COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are a few past posts you may want to add to your reading this month:
- COPD Stages, Prognosis and Life Expectancy
- Life Expectancy of COPD
- Is COPD Hereditary?
- Flu Immunization and COPD
During National COPD Awareness Month, we encourage you to stay informed about the disease, and share what you’ve learned with others. Share your story in the comments section below, or sound off on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
What is World COPD Day?
World COPD Day is a separate event organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases (GOLD) in collaboration with COPD patient groups and health care professionals across the world. The goal is to raise awareness of COPD and improve care across the world. Traditionally, World COPD Day is held on the third Wednesday of November. The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Since then, 50 countries worldwide have joined together to spread useful information about COPD.
It’s never too late to improve one’s respiratory health or seek treatment for COPD. No matter which stage of COPD someone is in, the sooner a treatment plan can be created by the patient’s primary care physician or pulmonologist, the more success can be had in managing symptoms.
How to get involved
The simplest way to get involved is to educate your friends, family, coworkers and community about the details of the disease. Share your stories on social media, and encourage people who smoke to stop.
If you are part of a COPD patient support group, you can organize events to raise awareness such as concerts, awareness walks and education workshops. You can create posters or billboards and reach out to local media outlets to inform them of your efforts.
If you are a healthcare provider, you can offer free COPD screenings, arrange for prominent doctors to be interviewed by local media outlets and host workshops on the causes of COPD and other lung diseases.
Join us on Twitter @LungInstitute with #COPDAwarenessMonth to engage in the movement to bring greater awareness of COPD and the options available for its treatment.
If you or a loved one has COPD, contact Lung Health Institute Tampa to learn more about cellular therapy options. Lung Health Institute Tampa operates clinics around the United States to help people with COPD improve the quality of their lives through cellular therapy. Please give us a call at 888-745-6697. We’d enjoy hearing your story.