This year 2010 is the Year of the Lung. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of lung health and its prevention and treatment. Hundreds of millions of people struggle each year for life and breath due to lung disease and yet the devastating impact of lung disease is still not recognized.
Lung disease is a growing health issue in Australia. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is more common in any year than most common types of cancer, road traffic accidents, heart disease or diabetes. Approximately 2.1 million cases were reported in 2007/2008.By 2050, this figure is expected to more than double to 4.5 million Australians. More than 9,100 Australians are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
More than 2 million Australians reported having asthma during 2007 – 2008. 11.3% of children aged 0 to 15 have asthma. Between 9.9% and 15.1% of adults have asthma.
The goal of 2010: The Year of the Lung campaign is to create greater awareness of overall lung health.
Lung health can be improved by avoiding smoking, exercising regularly and avoiding pollutants when possible.
14 October: World Spirometry Day - 'Test Your Lungs Day'