COPD Awareness Month

Women In Government recognizes November as COPD Awareness Month. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a progressive and incurable disease, but with the right diagnosis and treatment, there are many options that can help to manage COPD for patients so they can breathe better. Statistics show that 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and as many as 12 million people are unaware that they have this disease. Symptoms of COPD can be different for each person, but often people present with, increased shortness of breath, frequent coughing (with and without mucus), increased breathlessness, wheezing and tightness in the chest. 

Are you interested in how your state stacks up when it comes to COPD? Check out the COPD Foundations NEW State Report Cards

To learn more check out the COPD Foundation to see if you might be at risk and to see all of the resources they have for patients and their families. 

Additional Reources on COPD from Women In Government's 2018 Healthcare Summit:

 Jamie Sullivan, Vice President of Public Policy & Outcomes, COPD Foundation

 Lisa Postow, Program Director Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health