Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory illness is a major cause of death in Australia and is more common in farming communities.
COPD is a long-term disease of the lungs which causes shortness of breath. COPD is an abbreviated term for conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma which is irreversible. Even though COPD is irreversible and there is no cure, there are things you can do to breathe easier and improve your quality of life particularly if it is identified and managed early.
Most cases of COPD develop after repeatedly breathing in fumes (usually tobacco smoke) and dust that damage the lungs over a long period of time. Farmers have high rates of COPD despite generally lower rates of smoking, which suggests that on farm exposure to lung irritants such as, organic and inorganic dust, smoke and chemical vapours may play a key role.
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Last updated: 24th November, 2016