The Definitive Guide to National COPD Awareness Month
by len king on Nov 13, 2022
In this blog post, we will explore what COPD is, how to prevent COPD, and helpful resources to get more information on COPD awareness month.
What is COPD?
COPD is a cluster of several diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. It is a progressive disease, so once symptoms start to settle in, the condition usually gets progressively worse unless medical intervention occurs.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 251 million cases of COPD globally in 2016. When considering total deaths, 5% of all global deaths were attributed to COPD. And more than 90% of COPD deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
In the U.S. alone, 16 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but another 12 million people are still undiagnosed. From these statistics, we can infer that COPD is a serious global health issue affecting mostly low-middle income regions, with large groups of people who aren’t even aware that they have COPD. We could speculate that more educational resources (such as those found in higher income regions) would help curb these rates in lower-income areas. There is likely an opportunity to stop or even reverse course on COPD rates with increased awareness. Moreover, getting people diagnosed is another way to help initiate early treatment in patients who are already experiencing symptoms.
All in all, more awareness is warranted.