Shortness of breath and a cough you can't get rid of? Over 35 and a smoker or ex smoker? You could be one of over 6000 people in Salford who potentially have COPD, one of the biggest killers in the city.
Now the COPD Aware campaign wants everyone to know the symptoms of the disease, check whether they have it, and get help to treat it.
Last Wednesday the COPD Aware `Know it; Check it; Treat it' Breathing Bus rolled into Eccles Cross to coincide with World COPD Day.
"World COPD Day in Salford brought a steady string of people out of the rain and onto the bus where a team of nurses conducted the screening tests to help identify those 6,000 people in Salford who have the disease and do not know it" said a spokesperson for the COPD Aware campaign.
"The Health for Life Breathing Bus has been touring Salford, screening people for COPD, and there has been a great response so far with an average of 2 out of 3 people screened for the disease on the bus, being referred to their GP for a more robust lung test" she added "This is a really pleasing result and wouldn't have been possible without the help of everyone in the community. "
The next COPD Aware event takes place next Friday 26th November 9:30am-4:30pm at Salford Royal Hospital (Hope) outside the Outpatients Department Entrance 4.
For further details see www.copdaware.co.uk and the previous Salford Star feature here.