General Announcement on National COPD Awareness Month

At the beginning of November, the following template language can be used for publishing on your websites, blogs, or newsletters.

November is National COPD Awareness Month

Chances are high that you know someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More than 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with this debilitating lung disease and it is estimated that millions more have it and don’t know. This November for National COPD Awareness Month, join [INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] in raising awareness about COPD. Whether you’re a patient, caregiver, health care provider, advocate, or researcher, share your perspective. We all have a voice when it comes to COPD and we should use it to help people understand and recognize it earlier, so they can receive treatment to breathe easier.


Signs and symptoms of COPD such as shortness of breath, chronic coughing, and wheezing often come on slowly, which can delay diagnosis. Often, people mistake their breathing issues as a part of aging or a consequence of being out of shape. While there currently is no cure for COPD, early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve quality of life. National COPD Awareness Month is a great time to encourage others to recognize symptoms and talk to a health care provider.


For more information about COPD, visit [INSERT ORGANIZATION LINK] or the Learn More Breathe Better program at nhlbi.nih.gov/breathebetter.