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World COPD Day

Hundreds of thousands of Australians have a chronic lung disease without knowing it. One in seven Australians over 40 have COPD, with half of these people having progressed to a stage where they are experiencing symptoms, but not even knowing that they have it!

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is an umbrella term for lung disease that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. It involves damage to the small airways, making it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. This airflow limitation is not fully reversible and is usually progressive. The irreversible component of airflow limitation is the end result of inflammation, fibrosis and remodeling of the smaller airways. People who are more breathless than others their age, or who have a cough that won’t go away, should consider having a lung health check.

Each year in November, on World COPD Day Active helps to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of COPD.

World COPD Day was set up to raise awareness for COPD and improve care for sufferers all over the planet. We would like to encourage participation in World COPD Day to raise awareness about the symptoms, prevalence and treatment of COPD.