Josiane Salone united against COPD

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Beyond dentistry: Josiane Salone united against COPD, a "stealthy" degenerative pulmonary disease

Dental Review takes its eyes from the dental arena to report on an initiative launched to provide solace for those afflicted by a terrible degenerative condition. Josiane Salone, united against COPD, was founded in 2018 as a network for exchanging and sharing information about a little understood disease. Its aim is to “stop patients from being left alone with their feelings of guilt when faced with this stealthy, degenerative disease”.

A spokesperson explains: “Some of you may never have heard of COPD. So what is it? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a degenerative pulmonary condition that has claimed 210 million victims worldwide, and the tally has been increasing constantly for the last 20 years. Its number one cause is through smoking tobacco.

“COPD mainly affects women, particularly the so-called “baby-boom” generation. These women are tragic victims of a time bomb, for the habit of smoking was once simply considered pleasurable, indeed fashionable, and carried no stigma. They are victims of a stealthy disease that develops slowly with no apparent symptoms.

“COPD is doubly stealthy, because not only patients but also doctors know little about it, and as a result COPD often escapes diagnosis.”

Founded by Eric Salone and named after his mother, a COPD victim in 2016, the not for profit Josiane Salone organisation is more than just a portal offering information. Eric Salone describes it as: “Above all a network through which millions of people affected by the disease can find an alternative to the isolated contemplation of suffering. It will also provide a platform for the generous commitment to exchange information, share the pain, and offer solidarity to those suffering this terrible affliction.”

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