Occupational COPD: November is National COPD Awareness Month – A Silent Killer: Do You Know the Symptoms of COPD?

Occupational COPD: November is National COPD Awareness Month – A Silent Killer: Do You Know the Symptoms of COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) isn’t just a single disease: it’s a name for a group of several diseases, each that results in blocking of the victim’s air flow into their lungs.  COPD interrupts the ability to breathe.  COPD can kill you.  Emphysema, some forms of asthma, and chronic bronchitis are all versions of COPD.

November is National COPD Awareness Month

Each year in November, various groups try and increase the knowledge and awareness of the American public to the dangers of COPD.  Once again, it’s time for COPD Awareness Month.  Early detection of these diseases is extremely important, and while most people know that they can get breathing disorder illnesses from smoking tobacco, what many may not know is the risk of developing life-altering COPD from exposure to pollutants in their workplace, school, or on the job.

For people working in mines or mills, on construction sites or in textile factories, the risk of developing COPD is great: so much so that these illnesses are more commonly known as “occupational COPD.”  Any worksite that sends particles, dust, or other pollutants into the surrounding environment – as well as releasing harsh chemicals into the air – can cause employees to fall victim to COPD.

There is no cure for COPD.  Early diagnosis can mean not only the difference in life and death, but in the long term quality of life for the COPD Victim.

Symptoms include:

If you or a loved one may be suffering from COPD, then you may have claims for medical coverage and other damages through your workers’ compensation coverage or through claims made to your work place, school, landlord, etc.  COPD will require medications, periodic health care treatments, and occasional hospitalizations over time.  It’s important to catch this serious illness early and to establish compensation coverage, etc. to cover care needs as soon as possible.

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