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Seek early diagnosis of COPD to slow its progress

Charities are urging people who may be at risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to visit their doctor and have a spirometry test in order to get an early diagnosis of the condition.

There are estimated to be 3 million people in the UK with COPD, which is characterised by an obstruction of the airways that leads to breathing difficulties.

About 900,000 people have been diagnosed with COPD, but approximately 2 million people have COPD that remains undiagnosed.

As a result, the British Lung Foundation is one of several charities that is using World COPD day, marked today, to urge people to visit their doctor.

The charity says that prompt diagnosis can ensure people receive the best treatment quickly to slow down progression of the disease and avoid expensive emergency care. More …….