COPD claims the lives of more than 130,000 Americans each year. Sadly, COPD cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Early diagnosis is the key to successful management of this chronic disease.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a serious lung disease that, over time, makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. It is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and causes serious, long-term disability. The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don't even know it.
The American Lung Association is please to continue serving as a champion for individuals living with lung disease. Please join us in our efforts:
Pulmonary rehabilitation is crucial for many COPD patients. It can help reduce the impact of COPD and greatly improve the patient's quality of life.
TAKE ACTION: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Legislation is Needed for Millions of Americans
The Lung Association is fighting for the establishment of this program because we know that unless a comprehensive, nationwide plan is created and better data collection occurs, COPD will claim even more lives.
TAKE ACTION: Your Help is Needed to Establish COPD Program at CDC