Smoking and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Doctor Q&A 

Smoking is the most common risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One in four chronic smokers develop COPD, with COPD being the 10th leading cause of death in Singapore. How would you know if you have COPD, what are the symptoms? How would it affect your daily life? Is COPD preventable and if it is, how do you prevent it?


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About Dr Jessica Tan: 

Dr Jessica Tan is a Consultant with the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH), a member of the SingHealth group, with a special interest in airway disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

Dr Tan graduated from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS in 2007 and completed her specialty training in Respiratory Medicine in 2014. She also did her postgraduate attachment at The Whittington Hospital, United Kingdom, focusing on community-based care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

She is currently practising in SKH and she runs a weekly airway disease clinic seeing patients with asthma, bronchiectasis and COPD. She enjoys patient education and has organised a number of patient forums previously.

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