An estimated 24 million
Americans have COPD

12 million don’t know it.

The good news is an early diagnosis can improve your quality of life—and maybe even save your life.

Join us in creating awareness about progressive lung diseases.

The Need

  • COPD is the third leading killer after cancer and heart disease.
  • 120,000 die each year in the U.S.
  • Lung cancer kills 160,000 a year in the U.S.
  • 25 percent of people who get lung diseases never smoked
  • Women die of lung diseases at a greater rate than men.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers

What is COPD?

COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a group of progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, irreversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

What are COPD symptoms?

  • Increased breathlessness
  • Frequent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

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The Good News

  • Early screening and diagnosis saves lives and improve quality of life.
  • Healthy, active lifestyles slow progression of the disease
  • Clean indoor and outdoor air reduce symptoms.

“Phil’s story is inspiring and hopeful. 200,000 Americans face a lung cancer diagnosis each year. He is one of only 16% who survive it. For most, the diagnosis comes too late. He is a testament to the value of early screening.”

Nancy Torrison, Executive Director, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, Minnesota

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