Each year in the United States, over 130,000 people die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This makes COPD the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.
Sadly, COPD cannot be cured, but the good news is it can be treated. Early diagnosis is the key to successful management of this chronic disease.
The current austerity-level budgets still threaten ongoing efforts at the National Institutes of Health aimed at helping to fight this disease. Continued investments in research can lead to lifesaving breakthroughs and provide new hope for those who are faced with COPD—but only if Congress sustains the investments.
Tell Congress how important it is to maintain our ongoing commitment and investment in the NIH.
Thirteen million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD—but an additional 10–12 million show symptoms of COPD but have not been diagnosed. If Congress cuts funding for this critical research, this dreaded disease will continue its devastating human and financial toll.
Please help us urge Congress that sustained funding for COPD research is vital for saving lives.
Thank you for all you do,
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Education
American Lung Association
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