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World COPD Day,2011 and the Governor’s Proclamation meet in Bremerton’s City Council TODAY

Happy World COPD Day today – 16 November 2011!   (Local recognition activity follows….and Bremerton’s Mayor Patty Lent leads the way)  Sorry, I’m running a little late.

In addition – a new lung connection in the newly completed 20-year study found that COPD patients are five times more likely to develop lung cancer than normal lung folks are.  The warning is to offer Spirometry to detect COPD in the early stages to cut cancer and COPD deaths.  The investigative paper gave the shout-out in the prestigious European Respiratory Journal.

“It comes as an exclusive investigation by GP found a lack of PCT investment in the gold standard treatment for COPD is undermining patients’ quality of life and increasing practice workload.

Around one in 100 patients with the chronic disease developed cancer, compared with one in 500 without lung impairment.

Testing the lung function of former and active smokers would identify COPD earlier, thereby improving early detection of lung cancer and improving survival chances, it found.

Lead author Yasuo Sekine, of Tokyo Women’s Medical University, said: ‘The findings from our analysis suggest that early detection of COPD in addition to lung cancer screening for these patients could be an effective detection technique for lung cancer. However, further research is still needed to determine the selection criteria for COPD and lung cancer screening.’

Monica Fletcher, chairperson of the European Lung Foundation, said millions had COPD but it was often undetected.

‘People frequently ignore the symptoms of lung disease and leave it too late before going to the doctor, she said. ‘This research highlights the need for routine lung function tests, known as spirometry, to help improve quality of life and identify other conditions that could be present.’

Professor Klaus Rabe, president of the European Respiratory Society, said ‘On World COPD Day, we would also urge European governments to improve early detection of respiratory diseases, such as COPD.’

Meanwhile, patients’ respiratory associations across Europe said governments must work harder to reduce the £28 billion annual cost of COPD.

Proposals from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations to reduce this burden include listing COPD as a warning on tobacco products, improving access to spirometry and funding research on how to avoid exacerbations.



The Better Breather’s Respiratory Support Group meets today at Harrison Silverdale -in the Rose room from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm.  Pam O’Flynn will introduce Harrison’s new Respiratory Clinical Practice Educator, Martin Robin.  I know the meeting will be informative and lively no matter the topic and hope to see you there!


“We welcome any community member with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, sarcoidosis, asbestosis, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and the many more lung diseases affecting our population, pediatric or adult.”

Harrison Silverdale – 1800 NW Myhre Road – Silverdale, WA 98383

Pamela O’Flynn – 360-744-6685 – respiratorycare@harrisonmedical.org


Today – at 5:30 pm – Bremerton’s Mayor Patty Lent makes COPD, Kitsap County and Washington State history.  She is the first mayor in Washington State to present Governor Christine Gregoire’s Proclamation declaring November 2011 State COPD Month, to my knowledge.  Her generosity in recognizing the 3rd leading cause of death in the US is precious by recognizing today, 16 November 2011 as World COPD Day!

District 3, Manette’s hard working effective and beneficial city council member, Adam Brockus will present the Proclamation to Karma Foley of Seabeck who lost both parents to COPD.  Karma’s mom had the inherited type of COPD and with her oxygen tank, went out of her way to help me with several COPD/EFFORTS public meetings we put together a few years ago.

This COPD  historic event happens at 5:30 pm in the Norm Dicks Government Building city council chambers.  I will be taking pictures for y’all and trying not to let my eyes leak. Thank you!

I will ride a recumbent trike from Evergreen Park to the NDGB or walk it instead…very cold and wet out there.

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara

India’s Doctors Top the Educate COPDer List

India is the first country I know of to begin a doctor sponsored Asthma-COPD Club (AC Club) for patients…Whoopee!

Maybe the U.S. is next…maybe Kitsap County doctors will consider beginning a club to educate COPDers as the
Department of Chest Medicine at Karamsad-based Shree Krishna Hospitla in Anand, does.
Diagnosing, running tests and handing the patient prescriptions and appointment card for their next visit is not good enough. Patients leave the doctor’s office, in many cases knowing little about the disease/s and how best to live with it and what they can do to best help themselves…such as ride the recumbent trike safely for exercise and fun.
Recently I called our own Harrison Medical Center to ask what they had planned for COPD Day. The operator asked what COPD is. A little over a week later, I visited my son in Harrison, Bremerton and was helped by an energetic, friendly and helpful person. I showed her my “Rearing For Health” over a funny looking rearing horse and “What Is COPD” below the horse tee-shirt.
That wonderful, helpful, Emma Reeves asked, “What is COPD?”
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S., 5th in the world. Diabetes is 5th leading cause of death.

“Doctors who have initiated the club say that World Health Organization estimates suggest that 210 million people suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) worldwide and that, at present, more than 90 per cent of COPD deaths occur in developing countries. The club already has 350 patients enrolled and will provide free consultation and pulmonary function test (PFT) to patients while spreading awareness so that other organizations turn Smoke Free.”

“It is estimated that COPD will become the third leading cause of death by 2030. In a country like ours, effective prevention and regular treatment is the key to check progression of COPD, which can otherwise result in significant burden to our society in terms of healthcare expenses,” professor Dr Rajiv Paliwal told TOI on Saturday, adding that asthma and COPD are two diseases due to which patients suffer from breathlessness.

“While asthma is a genetically determined, COPD is not a familiar disease. Earlier, it was believed that COPD occurs only to smokers but even non-smokers are increasingly being affected by the disease due to high air pollution. Females in rural areas catch COPD because of the use of chullas’,” said Paliwal, adding that the club will help pulmonary rehabilitation of patients.

Usually, patients suffering from such kind of breathlessness become socially isolated, which in turn depresses them. “This results in a vicious circle as their breathlessness increases due to depression,” said professor Dr Satish Patel.

“Patients who join the club are not only given free consulting and education, but they are also given nutritional advice, physiotherapy treatment and counselling,” says Patel, adding that so far there is no national programme from the side of government on COPD. “GOI is thinking of taking up a public awareness drive but it will take few more years before it starts one,” he added. “

Thanks for the heads-up, Linda. www.emphysema.net

More later… Sharon O’Hara