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November 5, 2013

COPD Awareness Month

World COPD Day is Nov. 20 in honor of those who have and who have lost their battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

A COPD awareness proclamation is signed by the governor, officially recognizing the affects of COPD both in individual states and nationwide. These proclamations help raise awareness among government officials and can help spotlight COPD.

COPD is the third leading cause of death and the second leading cause of disability in the United States. COPD costs the health care more than $50 billion year. Early and proper diagnosis is essential to not only improved patient outcomes but also decreased health care costs. Research, education and awareness are essential.

Determine your risk for COPD by taking the Five-Question screener at DRIVE4COPD.org. Pulmonary rehabilitation is also essential, stressing vital exercise but also instruction on other aspects of living with COPD.

As a face of COPD and an advocate, I fight daily not only for myself but also for others who live daily with COPD.

Get involved. Support and join the COPD Foundation and start to learn to breathe easy.

Tina Moyer, State COPD Advocacy Captain of Pennsylvania

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