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Deborah Leader, RN

November Is COPD Awareness Month

By November 2, 2009

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Have you heard the news? November is no longer just for turkey lovers! Each year, November marks COPD Awareness Month where the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will be soliciting your help to spread the word. And what does the NHLBI want you to do? That's simple - get involved.

 The Learn More Breathe Better Campaign seeks to raise awareness about COPD as a serious lung disease, increase the understanding that COPD is not curable, but is treatable, and encourage people, especially smokers and former smokers, to get an annual spirometry test measuring their lung function. Why? Because early screening leads to earlier diagnosis, which ultimately leads to earlier treatment and a higher qualify of life.

For more information and to find out how you can partner with the NHLBI, visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/index.htm.

November 3, 2009 at 12:19 am
(1) Kooky says:

I’m glad that more people are aware of COPD, but we still need much more awareness.
Until we do, we will never have the needed funds to research new treatments and the support to implement said research.

November 3, 2009 at 11:08 am
(2) snoozie1 says:

This month the B.H.F and some of the pulmonary rebilitation team are at the Town Hall in Hereford asking people to take a spirometry test to try and catch people with copd that slip through the net.Good idea, could do with more things like this going on to get more awareness and get support for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs from people.

November 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(3) copd says:

Kooky — I agree with you 100%, did you see the example that Snoozie gave?

Snoozie — That is something that every community should embark upon. Thanks for both your comments.

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