That’s right, it is National COPD Awareness Month! November serves as a very important time for numerous organizations and communities to come together in order to help raise further awareness for a disease which affects millions of Americans. Throughout the month, there will be plenty of events held in order to help support innovative initiatives for COPD patients and their families.
The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is currently the third leading cause of death in United States. With the rate of diagnosis increasing by 16% every year, it is now estimated that there are about 24 million Americans living with COPD. Unfortunately, this is a disease which still remains widely undiagnosed, and some health officials fear that there could be 12 million people in this country who aren’t aware that they have this deadly disease!
As the third leading cause of death, COPD accounts for more deaths than diabetes and breast cancer combined. If you were to work that out, this would be one death from COPD every four minutes! There is no comprehensive cure for COPD, and any damage to the lungs is permanent. Most Americans still don’t know much about this disease, and this is something that needs 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 the necessary steps in order to determine their own level of risk for COPD. Over the past three decades, COPD clinical research has shown that the frequency of this disease has been increasing. Fortunately, there are now plenty of online resources, like the COPD Foundation’s five-question COPD Risk Screener, which can help people determine their own risk factors for this disease.
Growing Incidence of COPD
These COPD organizations have been quite concerned with the growing number of COPD cases in the country. According to mounting evidence from COPD clinical studies, this disease has begun to progress outside of the smoker population. In short, this is a very critical time for all major COPD advocacy groups in their battle against this disease. One of the primary goals this November is going to be hammering home the notion that the number of people who are affected by COPD is on the rise.
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.