Death rates for lung diseases have been rising for decades

Given that research shows that the mortality rate caused by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has almost doubled in the last thirty years, the lack of concern is even more dramatic, because the death rate of most other major diseases has been decreasing over the same period.

According to the public poll, people underestimate the impact of lung disease and do not know how to manage it. 57% of respondents never had their lungs tested, even though simple lung tests, such as spirometry help doctors identify COPD, asthma, and other lung problems early on, when treatment is most effective.

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