Researchers have found that more women die from COPD than men each year. 3 Costs of treatment for patients with COPD was nearly $50 billion yearly in the U.S. (direct and indirect) in 2010, and over 38 billion Euros in the European Union in 2005.4
Excessive cigarette smoking is a major cause of COPD. About 5.8 trillion cigarettes are smoked each year worldwide.5 Placed end-to-end, these cigarettes would form a single line that reaches from earth to beyond the sun.
Beyond cigarettes, biomass, including wood, crop residues and animal dung are used to as energy sources for 50 percent of cooking and heating needs in the world.6 Exposure to the smoke and air pollution resulting from burning biomass combustion is also increasingly recognized as an important cause of COPD. However, these exposures can be significantly reduced with behavioral change and advances in technology.
One way to prevent or treat COPD at its earliest stages is to stay alert about respiratory disturbances; symptoms should not be ignored, diagnosis should not be missed, and therapy must not be delayed.
At Philips, we realize that encouraging healthy habits is as important as treating unhealthy disorders. We understand the importance of enhancing self-empowerment and self-management in health by innovations in the sciences. We are committed to creating technology and services that are effective for individuals with COPD and other respiratory diseases.
1Adeloye, Davies et al. “Global and Regional Estimates of COPD Prevalence: Systematic Review and Meta–Analysis.” Journal of Global Health, Edinburgh University Global Health Society, Dec. 2015, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc4693508/ .
2“The Top 10 Causes of Death.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/ .
3“NIH Fact Sheets - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).” U.S National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/viewfactsheet.aspx?csid=77 .
4Jalota, Leena, and Vipul V Jain. “Action Plans for COPD: Strategies to Manage Exacerbations and Improve Outcomes.” International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Dove Medical Press, 2016, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc4898028/
5“Cigarette Consumption” The Tobacco Atlas, http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/topic/cigarette-use-globally/#map-popup-consumption-4 .
6“Risk of COPD from Exposure to Biomass Smoke: A Metaanalysis” Medscape, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/726573 .