October 24, 2016

Take a deep breath in Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging people to take a deep breath and think about their lungs during November. This year’s Lung Health Awareness Month will have lots of opportunities for people to help promote the importance of not ignoring symptoms and acting early on the possible signs of lung disease.

A national survey showed that last year only 15 per cent of people said they discussed their lung health with their doctor, despite more than 1 in 4 people reporting symptoms or risk factors.1 Apart from breathlessness, cough is one of the least recognised symptoms of lung disease and Lung Foundation Australia is urging people who have a cough that has hung around for three weeks or more, to go and see their doctor and get it checked.

Launching with a free lung testing event in Sydney and wrapping up with the Love Your Lungs Fun Run and Walk in Melbourne, we will also celebrate World COPD Day and International Lung Cancer Awareness Day. Three new Just One Breath videos will be launched encouraging people to check in with their lungs and take the online checklist. For up-to-date information, visit www.lungfoundation.com.au or follow our social media www.facebook.com/lungfoundation/ and https://twitter.com/Lungfoundation.

Free lung testing in Sydney

Lung Health Awareness Month will kick off with free lung testing in Sydney’s Martin Place on Thursday 3 November from 7.30am – 2.30pm. Make a date to come and see us to get your lung health check. Many thanks to our partners, the Woolcock Institute and Niche Medical.

Reference
1 Galaxy Survey for Lung Foundation Australia, December 2015