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Lung disease in the UK

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Breathe easy week 2018 - 18th June - 24th June

Lung disease refers to disorders that affect the lungs which is the organ that allows us to breath.  When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen from the air and delivers it to the bloodstream. The cells in your body needs oxygen to work and grow.  During a normal day, you breathe nearly 25,000 times.   

Did you know?

  • Your right lung is a little larger than your left lung
  • According to the British Lung Foundation somebody dies every 5 minutes from lung disease in the UK
  • About 10,000 people in the UK are newly diagnosed with a lung disease every week.
  • Lung diseases are responsible for more than 700,000 hospital admissions and over 6 million inpatient bed-days in the UK each year

Symptoms of lung disease may include:

  • A cough that doesn't go away or gets worse
  • Breathing trouble, like shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness or wheezing
  • Decreased ability to exercise

How to reduce the risk of getting lung disease

  • If you smoke, stop smoking
  • Avoid second-hand smoke. If you live or work with people who smoke cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, ask them to smoke outside. Non-smokers have the right to a smoke-free workplace
  • Avoid any exposure to asbestos
  • Protect yourself from chemical fumes and dusts
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Ask your doctor about protecting yourself from flu and pneumonia with vaccinations

If you think you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have any concerns about them then please contact your GP to discuss it further.  

If you believe you or a loved one has developed lung disease due to your working environment you could be entitled to compensation. If you would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on 01616 966 229 for some free initial guidance.