I hate to be negative but if you honestly think about You go to the Physican. You get your CTScan you then go to Pulmonary specialist and your tested and diagnosed with COPD/Emphysema in its mild or early stages and after all the hoopla and medicine, exercise, diet etc your progress to severe eventually anyway. So is it that big of a deal to be diagnosed early ? While you’ve done everything correctly you still struggle mightily into your 60s . I for one was so much happier without an early diagnosis as I would have quit smoking and been much less depressed and much happier in my inevitable decline . I really would like to know if there is actually anyone who is truly still “mild” years after their diagnosis!