More women die now of COPD than Breast Cancer

This post follows on from another blog I read this morning, and thanks to Caroll who put me on to Prof Barnes. From Imperial College, London.

You may interested to watch his small tho very informative video about some of the new research into COPD treatments.

www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicin...

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  • As the rate of female smoking matched the males consequences are lung cancer and copd will also match male rates of disease. A desperate need for more funding of research and care is highlighted in these statistics.

  • Yes I agree and overall the public awareness of COPD -in men and women is a lot lower than Cancer, is it not?

    We could really use some high profile people to help increase public awareness of not only COPD but all Lung Disease. Anyone know anyone ?

  • Hard raising awareness when we are put as scroungers who did this to themselves by most of the public.

    Cancer has big charities copd has little this would tell lots about public attitude.

  • Yes I agree and overall the public awareness of COPD -in men and women is a lot lower than Cancer, is it not?

    We could really use some high profile people to help increase public awareness of not only COPD but all Lung Disease. Anyone know anyone ?

  • Well Tallyman, what can be done then? How can we help to raise the profile?

  • Keeping what funding there is when cutbacks are everywhere, reminds me of this blog on funding blf.healthunlocked.com/blog... keeping the same profile may be the most we can hope for. Sorry for sounding negative there is little good news that lifts the spirits on this subject.

  • Can I suggest, as I have before, that those of us with COPD could do more to help. I have offered to volunteer, I am a fee paying member of the BLF and I donate to them. I think we all need to think differently to the old 'they should do something about it' view.

    Lynne xx

  • Do so agree with you! And we can all continue to raise awareness of the issues related to Lung Disease.

  • Millstone, the research company that Prof Barnes has set up to look at potential treatments I think is a private company, so may not be affected by cutbacks. And I do think we can all play a role in encouraging an increase in awareness.

  • Talking of profiles made me think of charity donations. Type in " lung " in the search box at the bottom of the list. A little yellow circle will appear on the globe. Hover your mouse over it. Sad to say the BLF is way down the bottom.

    www-958.ibm.com/software/da...

  • Oh my my Puff! I guess being wheezy is just not as eye/ear catching as some other charities eh?

    I have no objection to Children's charities gaining more donations than Lung research but i as I pointed out at the start of this blog, more women die from COPD than from breast cancer and that group has done wonders!

    I do always try to bring the BLF to peoples attention, but can't run a marathon to raise funds, and will be lobbying my MP anyway! -)

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