Almost half of all Australians rarely or never think about their lung health.
We’re all used to thinking about our heart, skin and breast health but our lungs are equally important. It’s time we made our lung health a priority as well because let’s face it - if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.
Lung Health Awareness Month
Lung disease affects 1 in 4 Australians and is responsible for 1 in 7 deaths, however many people tend to ignore the signs and symptoms, often not doing anything about it for far too long.
Contrary to what many think, breathlessness is not a normal sign of ageing. Likewise, a persistent or changed cough shouldn’t be dismissed as the flu or a cold. These seemingly mild symptoms could be a sign of lung disease, such as lung cancer or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Early diagnosis is critical to improve outcomes and quality of life.
Lung Health Awareness Month is a Lung Foundation Australia national campaign held in May which aims to raise awareness about the importance of lung health and how to recognise and act upon the symptoms of lung disease. We’re all are used to thinking about our heart and skin health but our lungs are equally important. It’s time we made our lung health a priority as well because if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.
To get involved and help raise awareness during Lung Health Awareness Month, download our promotional pack here.
About Lung Foundation Australia
Lung Foundation Australia is the only charity in Australia providing support and a voice for people living with a lung disease. We inspire hope for the future by funding life-changing research and facilitate early detection by supporting best practice clinical management and delivering lung health programs. We work to empower those with lung disease to take the important steps they can to enjoy a better quality of life by understanding and managing their disease. We advocate for people with a lung condition to receive the level of care and treatment they deserve.
Our mission is to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease for all Australians by:
- Driving community awareness about lung health
- Funding word class research
- Advocating for people with a lung condition
- Providing information and support for patients
- Facilitating best-practice training and education for health professionals.
Lung Foundation Australia works across all areas of lung disease, with a particular focus on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and rare lung diseases including Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), bronchiectasis and rare lung disease in children. We rely on the generosity of the community, businesses and industry organisations to fund our work.Find out more