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World COPD Day

It is world COPD Day tomorrow (17th November), the annual awareness day for this little known disease which affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. The campaign aims to raise awareness of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which is currently ranked as the fifth most common cause of death in the UK and is on the increase. Smokers and ex-smokers are particularly at risk of developing the disease. Especially if you are aged over 35 and have smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day for 20 years. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. With some 900,000 people around the country diagnosed with COPD – many of whom are undiagnosed or incorrectly labelled as asthmatic – the awareness campaign aims to encourage people to seek a correct diagnosis, to receive early treatment to improve their quality of life and to get help with smoking cessation, if needed. The team at Manchester Royal Infirmary are holding a special event, together with several NHS partners, at the Bridgewater Hall between 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm. Sandra Hoyle, Respiratory Specialist Nurse says: “Patients from across the North West have been invited to come together at this Tea Dance event. We have a range of exhibitors including Smoking Cessation, Manchester Carers and Ring and Ride and we are even hoping for a special celebrity visitor.”