Unsurprisingly, there's an Extremely Strong Smoking Connection to Lung Disease and Getting Emphysema. Do You Want Lungs Like that Right Lung! Learn all you can about emphysema symptoms, treatment options, signs of lung damage and stages-of-emphysema today June 24, 2019. It's never too late to stop-smoking or trying to stop emphysema advancing to late-stage.
It may or may not be possible to stop emphysema's progression. With that said, for at least 50% of people emphysema is diagnosed late and already in stage-2 or stage-3, or worse. Due to late diagnosis, average life expectancy is only 5-years. An emphysema related condition is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) an acronym for a group of diseases which cause progressive damage to your lungs. These diseases include chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. Of the approximate 20-million plus Americans with C.O.P.D. it is estimated well over 3-million have symptomatic emphysema and millions more are in the early stages of the chronic lung disease before easily recognized signs and lung disease symptoms become obvious.