Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases Program


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of death and illness throughout the world. It is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the world. COPD is a lung disease in which the lung is damaged, making it hard to breathe. In COPD, the airways-the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs-are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Most, but not all, people with COPD are smokers or former smokers. Breathing in other kinds of lung irritants, like pollution, dust, or chemicals over a long period of time may also cause or contribute to COPD. COPD can affect your life as early as your early 40s. Both men and women can get it. Tobacco smoke causes approximately 80% to 90% of all cases of COPD. In fact, a smoker is 10 times more likely to die of COPD than a nonsmoker.

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