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World COPD Day 2005 – 16 November 2005

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a devastating and irreversible lung disease, which affects 44 million in Europe and causes around 2.75 million deaths globally every year. COPD weighs heavily on the pockets of European governments, costing nearly 51 billion euros per year. It is the sixth most common cause of death in Europe, due to become the third most common by 2020, and yet public awareness of COPD is extremely low. Frighteningly, as many as 75% of Europeans who suffer from COPD are undiagnosedand therefore their symptoms go untreated!
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