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[INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME] urges [INSERT CITY/STATE] residents to join in raising the volume on COPD

[INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME] hosts [INSERT EVENT TITLE] to educate about the disease during National COPD Awareness Month

[INSERT CITY] — [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME] joins the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI's) COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program in increasing awareness of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) as part of National COPD Awareness Month this November. During the month, [ORGANIZATION] is encouraging more dialogue around COPD to help address the burden of COPD, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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COPD affects [INSERT PERCENTAGE OR NUMBER DIAGNOSED] of residents across [INSERT STATE], according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, the disease impacts more than 24 million people and it is estimated that half of these cases go undiagnosed. While there currently is no cure for COPD, early intervention and treatment may help manage the disease and improve quality of life.

"We all have a role to play in talking about COPD," said [ORGANIZATION SPOKESPERSON]. "Whether you are a caregiver, patient, provider, or just know someone with the disease or symptoms, speaking to each other about it is a key first step. At [ORGANIZATION], we are committed to raising our voice for the millions with COPD who can't. We hope to use [INSERT EVENT NAME] to increase discussions around this deadly disease, leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment."

Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, chronic coughing or wheezing, producing excess sputum, or feeling unable to take a deep breath. COPD most often occurs in people age 40 and over with a history of smoking (either current or former smokers). However, as many as one in six people with COPD have never smoked. Long-term environmental exposure to things that can irritate your lungs as well as certain genetic conditions can also play a role.

Through [INSERT ACTIVITY HERE], [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION], a member of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better program's Breathe Better Network, is working to help people who live with COPD understand that with proper diagnosis and treatment they can breathe easier and enjoy an improved quality of life.

For more information about National COPD Awareness Month activities taking place across the country, visit the COPD Learn More Breathe Better program at: COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov.

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The COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/
Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Copd/Copd_WhatIs.html
CDC state-by-state data: http://www.cdc.gov/copd/maps/index.htm

 

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