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COPD Awareness Month – Four Steps to Better Manage COPD.

In recognition of November as COPD Awareness month we have a Guest Blogger, Lorene Alba, State Director of Programs, American Lung Association in California

I’m a baby boomer – which means I grew up in a world full of second-hand smoke. My parents and grandparents smoked when I was young. Every restaurant we dined in, Broadway show we attended and airplane we flew in for summer vacation was filled with cigarette smoke. It’s no surprise that I, along with most of my family members, have some form of chronic lung disease caused by either smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. COPD (the umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is a progressive lung disease that slowly robs its sufferers of the ability to draw life-sustaining breath. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer. Since smoking is the primary cause of COPD, many living with the disease do so in isolation due to the negative stigma associated with COPD and smoking.

There is no known cure for COPD, but it can be managed. If someone you love is struggling with COPD, Read More »

COPD: It’s Shocking

By Guest Blogger – Julie Lautsch, American Lung Association in California

I’m going to start out with some numbers and facts. They are intended to shock you. And from everything that I know about the internet and blogging (which is not many things) one must shock – or one must have a photo of an adorable animal. My preference is a picture of a sloth. But I’m pretty sure I am not allowed to do that here, so let me begin with this:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death, moving up a slot on the scary, death chart last year.
  • In the US more than 12 million people suffer from COPD.
  • It’s estimated that more than 12 million people additionally remain undiagnosed.
  • Unlike the other leading causes of death that are on the decline (heart disease and cancer), the prevalence of COPD continues to rise, and is a major cause of disability. Read More »