Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has backed a campaign at the European Parliament to raise awareness of COPD.
Speaking from Brussels on World COPD Day, Ms Anderson said;
“Events like this by the European Public Health Alliance are necessary because many people don’t realise just how common an illness COPD is.
“It affects more people in Europe than breast cancer and diabetes.
“Unfortunately it kills around 300,000 people across Europe each year.
“It is also an illness which is on the increase throughout Europe, increasing by more than 60 per cent in the last 20 years.
“As a result, many families across the North, including my own, have been touched by COPD.
“More must be done to raise awareness of the condition as well as promoting preventions and ensuring equal access to early diagnosis and correct treatments.” ENDS/CRÍOCH