Living well with COPD

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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a destructive disease. It's the third highest cause of death in the United States. In 2015, the American Lung Association ranked Indiana in the top five worst state for COPD. It is most often associated with people who smoke or who have had long-term exposure to harmful fumes. There is no cure for COPD, but it can be controlled and even reduced and it's important to get a diagnosis as early as possible. 

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COPD is treatable with early detection

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the medical name for the family of diseases that cause breathing difficulties. Often referred to as COPD, the disease inflames your lung tissue. This inflammation causes obstruction in your respiratory pathways. It is most often associated with people who smoke or who have had a long-term exposure to harmful fumes.

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Non-invasive screening for lung cancer: what you need to know

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Most lung cancer is not detected until patients are symptomatic and see a doctor. By the time those symptoms appear, the cancer has typically spread and is considered late stage. Late stage lung cancer has a 5 year survival rate of just 15%. If detected early, the 10 year survival rate jumps to 92%! Those are odds everyone can appreciate. Learn more about screening criteria and the benefits of early detection of lung cancer.

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Warning signs of lung disease

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Some people think that having difficulty breathing is just part of aging. However, breathing difficulties should never be ignored. Problems breathing or catching your breath after even minimal exertion can be the first signs of lung disease, including COPD, asthma and lung cancer. Learn the early warning signs so you can seek treatment before lung disease becomes serious or even life threatening. Early detection can save your life.

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Important signs that point to COPD

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COPD - the common abbreviation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - is a common, long-term lung disease. People with COPD have an airflow problem that makes breathing very difficult all the time. The symptoms of COPD are often mild at first, but can progress and become debilitating. The more you know about COPD's risk factors and symptoms, the better you can reduce your chances of having the disease. 

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