COPD: two out of three people do not know they are sick

COPD: two out of three people do not know they are sick
COPD: two out of three people do not know they are sick

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1. Philippe Poncet, suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a life short of breath

2. COPD: two out of three people do not know they are sick

“Today, 99% of patients are poorly followed, or not followed at all, and this is unacceptable.” Philippe Poncet fights to publicize and make known the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In France, 3.5 million people suffer from this diseasemostly men, which represents 7.5% of the adult population. But misdiagnosed, two out of three patients know nothing about their condition and unintentionally allow the disease to spread.

“Arrived at stage fourexplains doctor Jean-Jacques Roux, the patient can no longer eat because it consumes too much respiratory energy. He therefore eats less, loses muscle weight and breathes less and less well.” A terrible vicious circle whose outcome is often fatal: at this stage, the 5-year survival rate is less than 50%.

Screening of people at risk “poorly carried out”

L’World Health Organization also estimates that in 2030, COPD will be the third cause of death in the world.

However, as Philippe Poncet insists, the support is insufficient. This is also what a report from the High Authority of Health dating from 2022, which emphasizes in its conclusions that screening for the disease is rarely carried outonly 21.3% of patients at risk benefit from spirometry or EFR (pulmonary functional exploration, editor’s note)”. Likewise, once the diagnosis has been made, monitoring of respiratory function is poor : annual monitoring by EFR or spirometry is only carried out in 34.2% of these patients”.

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