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COPD could become third most common cause of death

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COPD could become the third most common cause of death by 2020, according to data from the American Thoracic Society and Education for Health.

The report suggests that the global financial cost of COPD is looming as patients are forced to retire early, their health bills increase and they no longer contribute to paying taxes.

Education for Health chief executive Monica Fletcher said: “The survey results clearly demonstrate the social and economic consequences of COPD between the ages of 45-68.

“In order to stem the rising economic and social costs of this disease we must look at practical ways in which policy makers, the medical community and other stakeholders such as employers can take a more active role in supporting people with COPD to remain active and in the workplace for longer.”

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