Lung Health Checklist

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Complete the Lung Health Checklist

It’s not often that we stop to think about our breathing, it’s just something we do. Research shows that almost half (46%) of all Australians rarely or never think about their lung health. Yet 1 in 3 Australians will be impacted by lung disease or lung cancer.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of lung health. It stopped the world - don't let it stop yours. Take a moment to get to know your lungs and learn the warning signs and symptoms.

Learn the signs

Symptoms of lung disease tend to creep up slowly and people often put them down to ageing or lack of fitness. This leads to many automatically adjusting their daily activities to accommodate or reduce their symptoms rather than getting help. But breathlessness, a persistent cough and fatigue can be serious. 

Knowing the early warning signs of lung disease can help you get a diagnosis and receive treatment before the disease becomes serious or even life-threatening. Take 2 minutes to learn the symptoms through our lung health checklist. 

What is lung disease?

Anyone can get lung disease or lung cancer. It affects men, women, children, smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers. 

There are three main types of lung disease, including: 

  • Airway diseases: These diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, affect the airways that carry oxygen and other gases into and out of the lungs. They usually cause a narrowing or blockage of the airways. 
  • Lung tissue diseases: These diseases, such as Pulmonary Fibrosis, affect the structure of the lung tissue. Scarring or inflammation of the tissue makes the lungs unable to expand fully. This makes it hard for the lungs to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. 
  • Lung circulation diseases: These diseases, such as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, affect the blood vessels in the lungs. They are caused by clotting, scarring, or inflammation of the blood vessels. They affect the ability of the lungs to take up oxygen and release carbon dioxide. 

For more information about the different types of lung disease, click here. 

 

Tips to look after your lungs

Every part of your body needs oxygen from the air you breathe to survive. The delicate structure of the lungs is beautifully adapted to carry out the complex business of breathing and transferring oxygen to the rest of the body. At the same time, the lungs help protect the body from outside attack. 

Most of the time we are not even aware that our lungs are working, but they can be damaged in many ways and become less efficient at taking oxygen from the air and getting rid of waste carbon dioxide. 

1 Smoking

Make your life a smoke-free zone by quitting smoking and/or reducing your exposure to second-hand smoke.

2 Workplace exposure

If you are exposed to dust, fumes, gases and other hazardous agents in your work environment, make sure your workplace implements the Hierarchy of Controls to minimise your risk.

3 Vaccination

Protect yourself from influenza and pneumonia by having the vaccinations.

4 Healthy lifestyle

Exercise regularly and have a healthy diet.

5 Reduce the risk

Practice good hand hygiene to minimise the spread of germs.