November 1, 2015

Check your lungs this November

Every day we breathe about 22,000 times.

However, most of us never stop to think about our breathing, it’s just something we do. We know that more than 50% of all Australians rarely or never think about the health of their lungs.i

It’s time Australians started taking the health of their lungs as seriously as they take the health of their heart, breasts or prostate.

Symptoms of lung disease tend to creep up slowly and people automatically adjust their daily activities to accommodate or reduce their symptoms rather than getting help.

Lung Foundation Australia encourages people to start the conversation about the importance of lung health and to take our simple two minute online Lung Health Checklist at www.lungfoundation.com.au during Lung Health Awareness Month this November.

For people with lung disease, education is especially vital to help reduce the impact their condition. Evidence shows helping people better manage their disease reduces hospitalisations and improves their quality of life.ii

Encourage your patients to call the Lung Foundation to find out about all the support and education we have to help them with their disease journey.

For resources and information, visit www.lungfoundation.com.au or phone our free call Information and Support Centre on 1800 654 301.

 

References

[i] Galaxy Research Omnibus, January 2014 (wave 1)

[ii] McKenzie DK, Frith PA, Burdon et al on behalf of The Australian Lung Foundation. The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2014, found at www.copdx.org.au