Key facts about COPD
Share these facts to help raise awareness of COPD.
Many people think that COPD can only affect smokers. However, up to 20 per cent of people with COPD have been affected by non-smoking-related causes.
COPD kills 30,000 people a year in the UK, just 5,000 less than the UK's biggest cancer killer, lung cancer. Yet there is far less awareness of COPD and its devastating effects.
It's estimated that 2 million people in the UK have COPD but are currently undiagnosed. This means they can't get the support to give them the quality of life they deserve.
Up to 25 per cent of long-term smokers will go on to develop COPD. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of developing COPD. If you have already been diagnosed, quitting is the most important thing you can do to manage and reduce your symptoms.