Why we need to act now.
COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease.
Around the world there are already 210 million people1WHO. Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases. Chronic Respiratory Diseases. living with the condition and by 2030 the World Health Organization predict that COPD will be the third leading cause of death2WHO. Chronic respiratory diseases, Burden of COPD., eclipsed only by heart disease and stroke. Yet very few people are even aware of the condition.3Mapel DW, et al. Int J COPD 2011; 6: 573–81
In fact, by the time most people know they have COPD, they will have already lost about 50% of their lung function3Mapel DW, et al. Int J COPD 2011; 6: 573–814Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD. 2015.. Imagine, slowly losing your ability to do the things you once took for granted. Things like keeping up with your grandchildren in the park or taking the dog out for a long walk. These simple, every day things can be out of reach for someone living with COPD, even from early on in the disease.
“Whether you have COPD, treat COPD or know someone affected by the condition, you can make a difference. But we need to act now.”
By doing as much as possible to tackle COPD, as early as possible – be it taking those extra steps to keep active, talking to your doctor about what more can be done or simply helping raise awareness – we may be able to slow the progress of the disease, improve the lives of millions of people living with COPD and help prevent the 2030 prediction becoming a reality.
Together, we can act now and challenge COPD.