It’s COPD Awareness Month: Should You Get Screened?
Did you know that November is COPD Awareness Month? This event offers serves as a great opportunity for organizations like ours to raise awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in our community. Throughout the month, we are offering free pulmonary function tests to anyone who’d like to make an appointment.
This is a part of a collaborative effort to improve COPD diagnosis rates and educate more people about this chronic pulmonary condition.
The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
Did you know that COPD is the third leading cause of death in United States? It’s estimated that one person succumbs to this terrible disease every 4 minutes… A really shocking statistic if you ask us.
As of 2016, it’s estimated that there are about 30 million Americans living with COPD. Unfortunately, experts believe that there could be at least 12 million undiagnosed cases in this country alone! People shouldn’t assume that shortness of breath is a symptom of getting older. For COPD Awareness Month, we encourage you to get something like that checked out.
Currently, COPD accounts for more deaths each year than diabetes and breast cancer combined. We have yet to discover a cure for COPD and any damage to the lungs is permanent. There are a lot of Americans who are at risk for COPD, but don’t know much or anything about this disease.
This is something that has to change!
Know Your COPD Risk
This year, organizations like the COPD Foundation are asking for increased vigilance amongst community members all over the country. They are also encouraging people to take steps to determine their risk for COPD. If you are over the age of 40, you could be at risk if any of these apply:
- Exposure to significant levels of chemicals or airborne irritants
- Have a smoking history of 20 pack years or more
- Other members of your family have developed COPD
- Have trouble breathing
Over the past three decades, COPD clinical research has shown that the frequency of this disease has been increasing. This is why we’re offering free pulmonary function tests at our clinic this month. If you have been experiencing shortness of breath of any odd breathing issues, then please make an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Get Screened This November at Avail
Have you noticed an issue with your breathing lately? Does it seem like you’re getting winded after doing something menial like walking up the stairs? Many people shake this off, but we urge you not to this year. Make an appointment and come in to talk to one of our doctors.
If COPD is present, you want to start treatment as soon as you can. An earlier diagnosis will make a significant difference in how your condition can be treated over the long run. Our doctors can tell you about the lifestyle adjustments and treatments recommended for COPD patients. If you have any questions, please call us at (386) 785-2400.
Celebrate World COPD Awareness Day on November 16th
COPD clinical studies have shown that this pulmonary disease can develop in people who have never smoked any cigarettes. So this year, advocacy groups around the world will be working together on this day to raise public awareness for this disease. That’s why we’re pleased to tell you that the Florida Hospital in DeLand is going to be hosting a COPD Health Fair on November 16th. If you’re interested in attending (it’s free!), please check out their post here.
Why You Should Wear Orange this Month
Leading advocacy organizations like the COPD Foundation and the US COPD Coalition are urging communities like ours to “Go Orange” in order to show their support for the cause this month. Why orange?? Simply put: it stands out! This is a bold color the helps call attention to and clearly demonstrates the shared efforts taking place across the country.
This means that even if you can’t make it to any of these COPD Awareness Month events this year, you can still show your support by wearing orange this November!
With a growing number of COPD patients who are non-smokers, these organizations are starting to shift their primary focus. This National COPD Awareness Month, more attention will be paid to the growing public health crisis. This month, the COPD Foundation and others will be helping to educate more people about the debilitating effects of this disease, while also urging communities, influential public figures, and policy makers to continue to support further medical research on COPD. In the end, their continued funding will be the best chance we have of one day developing a cure.