Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Day

Published at 10 November, 2020.

COPD Awareness Day

Do you know what COPD stands for and how it affects people?

The annual COPD Awareness Day will fall on 18th November this year. 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease that causes breathlessness, excess mucus and a cough. 

COPD happens when the lungs and airways become damaged and inflamed.
It’s usually associated with long-term exposure to harmful substances such as cigarette smoke.

There are currently 300 million cases of COPD in the world, COPD is currently the third leading cause of death globally and is highly prevalent in low resource countries. 

The goal of COPD Awareness day is to raise awareness and present new knowledge for COPD worldwide. This looks to send a positive message to both patients and providers that although there is no cure for COPD, there are many ways to actively live well with the disease.

Smoking is the main cause of COPD and is thought to be responsible for around 9 in every 10 cases. Some research also suggests that being exposed to other people’s cigarette smoke may increase your risk of COPD.

Exposure to certain types of dust and chemicals at work may damage the lungs and increase your risk of COPD. Substances that have been linked to COPD include:

  • Cadmium dust and fumes
  • Grain and flour dust
  • Silica dust
  • Welding fumes
  • Coal dust

The risk of COPD is even higher is you breathe in dust or fumes in the workplace and you smoke.

If you have a close relative with the condition, you’re more likely to develop COPD as well as if you smoke, which suggests some people’s genes might make them more vulnerable to the condition.

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