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Some COPD Facts

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In the U.S., more than 12 million residents have been diagnosed with the disabling condition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). However, there are likely to be another 12 million who have yet to be diagnosed.

What is COPD?

COPD is typically a combination of lung problems that include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. COPD is incurable and between 1965 and 1998, the rate of mortality for COPD sufferers saw a 163 percent increase. It is now listed as the fourth leading cause of death, is the second highest cause of disability, and accounts for 2 million hospitalizations each year.

Five out of every six COPD sufferers received it from years of smoking.

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