Bluewater Health is marking World COPD Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the world’s fourth-leading killer.
World COPD Day 2010 (Wednesday, Nov. 17) is used as an opportunity to encourage people to measure their lung health by seeking a pulmonary function test.
According to a release by Bluewater Health, quoting the World Health Organization, COPD afflicts some 50 million people around the world, and kills nearly 3 million every year. In addition, the local health organization says COPD is greatly under-diagnosed, quoting recent studies indicating that 25% to 50% of people with clinically significant COPD don’t know they have the disease.
"Though little-known, this life-threatening disease could already affect someone you know," said Dr. Hasan Al-Janabi, Sarnia area respirologist. "COPD can be quickly and easily diagnosed with the pulmonary function test, and then we have management and treatment options. Since we know that the overwhelming cause of COPD is due to cigarette smoking, it is imperative that we continue to encourage our patients and loved ones to quit smoking. Ask your doctor what you can do to quit."