November is COPD Awareness Month!

(November 2, 2012)

November is National COPD Awareness Month. It’s an important time for organizations, communities and individuals across our Northeast region and throughout the country to increase overall awareness of COPD. 

We know that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The disease kills more than 120,000 Americans each year—that’s one death every four minutes—and causes serious, long-term disability. The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don’t even know it. 

Here’s one simple thing you can do right now to show your support: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the American public about their priorities for treatments and cures for diseases. The American Lung Association thinks COPD should be on the FDA’s list and we would like your help in asking them to put COPD on their priority list.  Show your support. 

We are anxiously awaiting the CDC and NHLBI to publish an important MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) outlining the rates of COPD in each state as part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the largest national health survey about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The MMWR is expected to be published during COPD Awareness Month and we will share the findings with all MSB members.  You can also bookmark the MMWR page for updates.  

Check out the following COPD Resources for patients: