HEALTH experts will be at a Southport supermarket next week giving advice about a a condition which kills 30,000 people every year.
Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust’s Community Respiratory Team is supporting World COPD Day next week, with a series of local public awareness events happening across the region.
On Wednesday, November 14, the team will be based at Morrison’s at Winter Gardens, where they will be giving away free information and health advice to members of the local community.
World COPD Day aims to improve public awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the world.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of progressive, irreversible lung diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It currently kills around 30,000 people a year in the UK – which is more than breast, bowel or prostate cancer.
It is estimated that 3.7 million people in the UK have the disease, but only 900,000 people have been diagnosed with it. This leaves approximately 2.8 million people that are unaware they have the disease, which if left untreated, could severely restrict their breathing, quality of life and eventually kill them.
Common symptoms of COPD include trouble catching your breath, frequent chest infections or a persistent cough that just won’t go away.
Joanne Robertson, part of LCH’s Community Respiratory Team said: “Helping people to spot the early signs of COPD is really important, as it increases early diagnosis and allows patients to access treatment which can slow down the progression of the disease, helping them to live healthy lives for longer.
“At the moment, two in every three people with COPD don’t even know they have the disease, which means they simply aren’t getting the help they need.
“During World COPD Day, our trained team will be out and about in the local community to help raise awareness of the disease, answer any questions people may have, and signpost people to further support that’s available through local Breathe Easy support groups.”
For more information on COPD, visit: www.lunguk.org or if you have any of the symptoms of COPD you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.
You can also contact your nearest Breathe Easy group for further advice and support. There are several groups operating across Merseyside, including: Breath Easy (Sefton North) which is based in Formby, Breathe Easy (South Lancashire) based in Southport, and Breathe Easy (Liverpool North) based in Fazakerley.
For further information and contact details about each group, please visit www.blf.org.uk/BreatheEasy.