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Free lung disease screening clinics being offered across P.E.I.

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Health P.E.I. is holding a series of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease screening clinics, Nov. 6-29, in communities across the province.

COPD is a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The condition, which causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and fatigue, has no cure. In Canada, COPD affects approximately 1.5 million people, including 8,000 Islanders.

The clinics will provide information about COPD and appropriate participants will be encouraged to take the Canadian Lung Health Test. If an individual has findings inconsistent for someone of their age, they will be recommended for further testing and possible diagnosis.

“Many Islanders living with COPD are not aware of their condition, and this leads to a significant delay in diagnosis, treatment and supports,” said Carolyn MacPhail, manager of chronic disease prevention and management.

“Early detection is so important to being able to provide Islanders with timely access to right care and supports that will help improve their quality of life, allowing them to lead more active lives without complications.”

For individuals living with COPD, frequent care and appropriate health management are essential. Resources and supports offered through the COPD Program, including clinics, educate Islanders about their disease and teach them how to proactively manage their symptoms to improve their quality of life.

In addition, the clinics will provide information about diabetes, and appropriate persons will be offered the CANRISK questionnaire to help identify if they are at risk of pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

At a glance

For a listing of screening clinics, click here.

For information about the Provincial COPD Program, click here

For information about the Provincial Diabetes Program, click here

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