Who We Are:The Hawaii COPD Coalition is a non-profit dedicated to the advocacy, education, support, and resources for both those at risk for or suffering from COPD as well as practical training and resources for health care providers. Here on our site your browse our RESOURCES, find out more about our annual COPD EDUCATION DAY, take THE SCREENER to see if you my have COPD, find out how to DONATE to our cause, and more! Please take the time to browse around our site and check back regularly to see updated EVENTS and NEWS. You may also read more ABOUT our organization or CONTACT us. Your thoughts and comments are welcome! *SEE CALENDAR FOR UPDATED SUPPORT GROUP MEETING INFO
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, “COPD,” is a serious lung disease that makes breathing difficult. It is most often characterized by shortness of breath and a persistent cough. It includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD has risen to the third leading cause of death and second leading cause of disability with an estimated 24 million people living with COPD in the United States. Over 46,015 (4.4%) adults have already been diagnosed with COPD. Those over the age of 40 with a history of smoking are particularly at risk, however 1 in 6 people with COPD have never smoked. The best treatment for COPD is to stop smoking and avoid exposure to all lung irritants, including any form of smoke. See the “ Burden of COPD in Hawaii 2010 Report,” for more information.
COPD Education DayOur Biggest Event; Now preparing for our 7th annual COPD Education Day! Learn More
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November Is COPD Month!
Governor Neil Abercrombie has issued a proclamation, declaring November as COPD month and Alpha-1 month (Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a genetic form of emphysema), as well as declaring World COPD Day on November 14, 2012. As of the end of October, nearly all states had proclamations from their governors as well.