Chandigarh: While speaking during an awareness programme to mark World COPD Day on Wednesday, senior pulmonologist Dr Suresh Kumar Goyal said that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) causes more deaths than AIDS, TB, malaria & diabetes, and its prevalence is around 5.5 to 7.55% in India.
“Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is 3rd largest killer after heart problems and cancer worldwide.Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging. In the early stages of the disease, one may not notice the symptoms. COPD can develop for years without noticeable shortness of breath. One begins to see the symptoms in the more developed stages of the disease,” said Dr Goyal.
India’s COPD death rates are among world’s highest with 98 per 1 lakh population, which is 3 times of America’s rate of 33 deaths per 1 lakh of population. Smoking accounts for 46 % of COPD cases, followed by outdoor & indoor pollution, which account for 21% COPD cases and occupation exposure to gases and fumes accounts for 16 % cases of COPD.
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