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Lung Cancer Awareness Day August-2021

Whether you are living with a lung disease, caring for someone who is sick, or simply wish to understand how you can take better care of your lungs, we are here to help. Lung disease is any problem in the lungs that prevents the lungs from working properly. Anyone can get lung disease. It affects men, women, children, smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers, all of whom are equally worthy of care and support.

Types of lung disease

  • Airway diseases
  • Lung tissue diseases
  • Lung circulation diseases

There are ways you can reduce your risk of lung disease or, for those already living with a lung disease, maintain the best quality of life available to you.

Who is at risk?

While anyone can get lung disease, your risk can be increased by a number of factors, including age, or if you:

  • Smoke or have ever smoked.
  • Work or worked in a job that exposed you to dust, gas, fumes or chemicals.
  • Have a family history of lung disease.

Warning signs and symptoms

Symptoms of lung disease tend to creep up slowly and people often put the symptoms down to aging or lack of fitness. This leads to many automatically adjusting their daily activities to accommodate or reduce their symptoms rather than getting help. Knowing the early warning signs of lung disease can help you receive treatment before the disease becomes serious or even life threatening. If anyone experience any of the following warning signs, make an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

  • Have a new, persistent or changed cough
  • Cough up mucus, phlegm or blood
  • Get breathless more easily than others your age
  • Experience chest tightness or wheeze
  • Have frequent chest infections
  • Experience chest pain, fatigue
  • Experience sudden weight loss

To find out more about our face-to-face, telephone and online peer support programs please contact to your doctor or Fix an appoint with us.