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COPD Facts

COPD is a Serious Problem Health Problem

  • COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the US.
  • In a recent survey, 7 out of 10 smokers could not identify COPD as a top-five killer.
  • In 2002, about 125,000 people died of COPD.
  • While other chronic health diseases such as heart disease and diabetes have decreased in the past 20 years, COPD rates have steadily increased.
  • In a recent survey 66% of Americans did not know that COPD kills more women than men.
  • COPD will continue to be a major health problem in the future. By, 2020, COPD will become the third leading cause of death in the United States.
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