Over the past three years New Brunswick has greatly improved diagnosis and care for patients with COPD. However there are still many doctors not sending smokers or past smokers for lung function testing to determine if they have COPD, or for low dose CT scans, which can catch lung cancer at a much earlier stage than x-rays can. Earlier diagnoses can help people with COPD and lung cancer live longer and better lives.
During January and February we are running our Chronic Cough Awareness Campaign. If you have a cough that lasts more than 3 weeks, (not associated with a cold or the flu) or you are over 40 and have smoked, you should take our Chronic Cough Test.
Download the test here.
Key Messages of the Chronic Cough Awareness Campaign:
- At this time of year, thousands of people develop coughs. Many are caused by infections, which will clear up over a few days or weeks.
- A chronic cough that lasts for three weeks or longer could be a sign of a serious lung disease
- There is no normal smokers’ cough; A nagging "smokers' cough" should not be ignored.
- If you are coughing blood or have a fever or have extreme shortness of breath, you must see your doctor right away.
- A persistent cough, coupled with breathlessness and fatigue, could be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- Those who have a persistent cough, wheezy chest or breathlessness should talk to their health-care professional about a spirometry test.
- Doctors can usually diagnose the cause of your cough and give you an effective treatment.
- Catching illness early helps improve treatment outcomes.
Those who have a persistent cough, wheezy chest or breathlessness should talk to their health-care professional about a spirometry test. Doctors can usually diagnose the cause of your cough and give you an effective treatment. Catching illness early helps improve treatment outcomes.
If you have questions about your chronic cough that’s lasted more than three weeks or has changed over time call Barbara Walls, BN. M.Ed. (Adult) Director of Health Promotion at:
1-800-565-5864 Ext. 107
For services in French: contact Chantal Babineau – Clark, RRT: