Tuesday, October 30, 2007

COPD Awareness

November is COPD Awareness Month.

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is quickly becoming the leading cause of death within the United States. Currently ranked 4th in the causes of death, COPD kills more than 120,000 people a year.

The leading cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. COPD occurs when the airways become blocked making breathing difficult and shortness of breath.

Although there is currently no cure for COPD, quitting smoking now will greatly reduce your risks of developing this disease. If you don't smoke don't start.

For more information on COPD you can visit the American Lung Association's page on COPD at www.lungusa.org

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