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Confronting the Colossal Crisis of COPD in China

Ho Il Yoon, MD; Don D. Sin, MD, FCCP; for the BOLD Collaborative Research Group
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From Seoul National University (Dr Yoon) and University of British Columbia (Dr Sin).

Correspondence to: Don D. Sin, MD, FCCP, University of British Columbia, 1081 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada; e-mail: don.sin@hli.ubc.ca


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;139(4):735-736. doi:10.1378/chest.10-3022
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China is the home of more than 1.3 billion people, representing nearly 20% of the entire world’s population.1 Currently, 40% of the Chinese population is aged ≥40 years (530 million people). By 2030, more than one-half of the entire Chinese population will be aged ≥40 years.2 Because the prevalence of COPD begins to increase exponentially beyond this age threshold, the future burden of COPD will be enormous.

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