Posted on December 02, 2015 |
In a recent piece published by the Knoxville
Leventhal and Williams explained that many Tennesseans ignore the warning signs – breathlessness and coughing – as many
The authors stressed the importance of getting screened for COPD
While not everyone who smokes will develop COPD, and not everyone with COPD is a smoker, many of the individuals diagnosed with the disease have smoked in their lifetime. Individuals who have had long-term contact with harmful pollutants in the workplace including certain chemicals, dust, or fumes can also develop COPD. Even if an individual has never smoked or been exposed to environmental toxins, they can still develop the disease through genetic factors.
Mike Leventhal is the executive director of Tennessee Men’s Health Network, whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where the
Stephanie Williams works at the COPD Foundation, which was established to undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD and improve the lives of individuals affected by COPD.
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