Rounds proclaims November COPD Awareness Month Breathing is not easy for everyone. People who live with respiratory illnesses like the 30 million Americans living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) know how precious deep, easy breaths are. COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death in this country and the only chronic disease with a rising death rate.
COPD Awareness Month is designed to promote lung health awareness and is being recognized on the state level. Gov. Rounds has proclaimed November 2003 COPD Awareness Month. The South Dakota Society of Respiratory Care (SDSRC), part of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), is working to see the proclamation declared on a national level.
"We are hoping to reach a lot of people this month," said Lori Salonen, respiratory therapist at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and member of the SDSRC. "We're eager to answer questions."
Salonen will perform lung screenings at Alcester Senior Center on Nov. 24. For more information contact Kathy Berg at 605-934-2057. If you are interested in more information about COPD contact Salonen at 624-6211, ext. 321.