Health P.E.I. holds a series of chronic obstructive clinics for examining pulmonary disease, on 6-29 November, in communities throughout the province.
COPD is a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The condition, which causes cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and fatigue, has no cure. In Canada, COPD affects about 1.5 million people, including 8,000 islanders.
Clinics will provide information on COPD and appropriate participants will be encouraged to take the Cancer Pulmonary Disease test. If someone has findings inconsistent for an age, they should be recommended for further testing and possible diagnosis.
"Many islanders living with COPD are unaware of their condition and this leads to a significant delay in diagnosis, treatment and support," said Carolyn MacPhail, head of chronic disease prevention and management.
"Timely detection is so important that it is able to provide islanders with timely access to proper care and support that will help improve their quality of life by allowing them to live more actively without complications."
For people living with COPD, frequent care and proper health management is necessary. The resources and support provided through the COPD program, including clinics, train the islanders for their disease and teach them how to prevent their symptoms in order to improve their quality of life.
In addition, clinics will provide information on diabetes and will provide the appropriate individuals with the CANRISK questionnaire to see if they are at risk of pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
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