Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death and some 30 million people are living with COPD in North America? More people die annually of COPD than breast cancer and diabetes combined and furthermore, there are an estimated 14 million people living with COPD who have never been diagnosed.
Indoor Air Quality is obviously a major focus for our industry for all the right reasons. Over the years, home comfort systems have evolved dramatically to improve the air people breathe. But until recently, IAQ has not been as important as it is today, which has contributed to health issues for millions.
We understand we can’t change the past, but we can react to this epidemic and help educate our friends and clients about COPD and lung health. We can encourage people to be screened and tested. If diagnosed early enough and treated, people can live long and productive lives even with COPD.
As a national partner of the COPD Foundation we are committed to helping to reach people that are already affected by COPD. We want to help put COPD on the map and rally support to help people living with COPD.
With over 30 million people in North America living with COPD, it is likely that we all know someone that has COPD, and probably someone that could have the disease who has never been screened or tested.
COPD is an umbrella term to describe progressive lung diseases characterized by increasing breathlessness. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma and bronchiectasis are all forms of COPD. People should be screened if they experience:
· a chronic cough
· chest phlegm
· feeling of a tight chest
· breathlessness after walking up a flight of stairs or a hill
· limitations of doing activities at home
· sleeplessness due to breathing issues
· lack of energy
We are proud to have adopted the mission of the COPD Foundation as part of our corporate identity and culture.
Let’s all help to make a difference by taking a proactive stance to help the COPD Foundation provide help and hope to families living with COPD. Please consider joining forces with the COPD Foundation and adopting our mission. Together we can take action today so more people will be able to breathe better tomorrow.