HPA warns on danger of killer pulmonary disease

NO SMOKING: Wednesday next week is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day, a disorder that killed 3 million people last year across the globe

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 11, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) urged people not to neglect symptoms of long-term

Health Promotion Administration personnel hold a news conference in Taipei on Thursday to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ahead of World COPD Day on Wednesday next week.
Photo: Wu Liang-yi, Taipei Times

coughing, wheezing and excess mucus, as a WHO report shows that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the third-most common cause of death last year.

According to the report, COPD claims more than 3 million lives around the world each year.

The HPA added that chronic lower respiratory disease is the seventh-most common cause of death in Taiwan, claiming more than 6,000 lives each year, among which more than 5,000 were from COPD.

Smoking is a major risk factor for COPD, and a study suggests that the risk of COPD in smokers increases six-fold when compared with non-smokers. The risk increases with prolonged smoking durations, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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