COPD Awareness Month
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) describes a group of lung conditions that affect the airways making it difficult to breathe. Smoking is a common cause, but occupations where the worker is exposed to harmful dust, fumes and chemicals can also be the culprit.
4,000 estimated COPD deaths each year where occupational exposures contributed*
The construction industry poses serious risks if the correct protective equipment is not used when carrying out certain high-risk tasks such as cutting, grinding, tunnelling, demolition and sanding.
Whilst COPD is the second most common lung disease in the UK, the British Lung Foundation estimate that millions of people are living with it without realising. And as they continue living with COPD symptoms, and therefore a lower quality of life, the disease is getting progressively worse through a lack of treatment.
COPD Awareness Month aims to increase the general understanding of COPD symptoms and urge those with persistent shortness of breath, cough and wheezing, to seek medical advice.
Try this breath test from the British Lung Foundation if you're concerned.
The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can begin, and the quality of life be improved.