World COPD Day
Organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), alongside health care professionals and COPD patient groups around the world, World COPD Day falls on Wednesday 15th November 2017.
From its beginnings in 2002, the aim of World COPD Day is to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and make headway in improving COPD care worldwide.
An estimated 1.2 million people are living with diagnosed COPD in the UK.
Despite this statistic, and that of the World Health Organisation estimating it to be the 3rd leading cause of death by 2030, the awareness and understanding of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is low. What makes this worrying is that many people suffering with symptoms of COPD do not seek medical attention and therefore go un-diagnosed and un-treated. Yet COPD is almost fully preventable.
Worldwide, 64 million people suffer from COPD, and every hour 250 people die because of COPD every year. *
In the construction industry, everyday tasks such as cutting, scabbling, surface grinding, tunnelling, demolition and carpentry, can create hazardous substances. When workers are exposed to these substances without using the correct protective equipment, lung damage can occur. Over time and without diagnosis, this may lead to a form of lung disease, including COPD.
Join us in raising awareness of COPD, and together we can minimise its impact on workers and the public worldwide.
* European COPD Coalition