World COPD Day “All Together to End COPD”
November 20, 2019: World COPD Day is a global event celebrated to raise awareness and present new knowledge and novel therapeutic strategies for COPD worldwide. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization has been organized World COPD Day each year in November since 2002.
Theme for The 18th annual World COPD Day
This year’s theme, “All Together to End COPD” emphasizes the fact that many people are involved in the fight to end COPD. At every stage and at any age, there is an opportunity to prevent or treat COPD. From care providers, families and patients, to policy makers and employers – everyone can make an impact.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease that causes breathlessness, chronic sputum production and cough, there are 300 million current cases of COPD in the world. COPD is currently the 3rd leading cause of death globally and is highly prevalent in low resource countries. Exposure to tobacco smoke and other inhaled toxic particles and gases are the main risk factors for COPD, although recent research has identified that suboptimal lung growth before and after birth can also increase the risk of COPD later in life.
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