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COPD is often undiagnosed until it reaches a fairly advanced stage with definite symptoms. Morbidity data often inaccurately documents the extent of the effect of COPD on death. COPD causes 20% of respiratory deaths and is expected to be the third biggest killer worldwide by 2020. Smoking is a huge hindrance in trying to reduce world COPD levels.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Red Nova
About: COPD increasingly threatens world populations
Date: 30 October 2004
Source: Red Nova
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