COPD is not curable, but treatment can relieve symptoms, improve quality of life and reduce the risk of death.
Most people who have COPD are at least 40 years old when symptoms begin. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants also is a risk factor for COPD. ..
Long-term exposure to lung irritants that damage the lungs and the airways usually is the cause of COPD.
COPD can often be prevented. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. COPD is a major cause of disability, and it is the fourth leading cause of death