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What is the rate of incidence for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

An estimated 15 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States. Millions more may be undiagnosed, because they are in the early stages and have minimal symptoms. It is the third most common cause of death.

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