Race car driver Danica Patrick is urging people 35 and older to be aware of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD. Wednesday is World COPD Day.
Patrick, who's in South Florida this weekend for NASCAR's Homestead-Miami Speedway, wants people to answer five quick questions at DRIVE4COPD.com. They include age, smoking history, and whether you've had shortness of breath. If there's a risk, screening is encouraged.
Her grandmother died of COPD and she is now a lead celebrity spokeswoman for the DRIVE4COPD campaign, an "official health initiative" of NASCAR.
According to DRIVE4COPD, about 24 million Americans have the disease — but about half of them don't know it. COPD kills more people each year than breast cancer and diabetes combined.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times