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IMPORTANCE OF DIAGNOSIS

COPD is a disease that progresses slowly.  Lung damage, however, can develop long before you notice any symptoms.  The sooner COPD is diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment and stabilize your symptoms.

The first step in preventing and treating COPD is to quit smoking.  If you have COPD and you continue smoking, your lungs will get worse and the disease can be fatal.  The best way to prevent COPD from developing or to stop it from getting worse is to quit smoking.   It is NEVER TOO LATE to quit smoking!      HERE for Smoking Cessation information.