The Lung Foundation is calling on Australians to “Show Us Your Lungs!” and take lung health seriously as the gap in peoples’ perception of their lung health and the reality of their condition is of concern to medical experts and peak bodies in Australia.
Research commissioned by the Lung Foundation found that one in three Australians considers their lungs to be ‘very unimportant’ yet over 50 people in Australia die from a lung disease each day. Further research conducted on behalf of the Lung Foundation identified that 84 per cent of Australians aged 35 and over rate their lung health as excellent, very good or good. Yet, of these, 36 per cent admit to experiencing at least one of the signs of poor lung health, such as breathlessness, or a persistent and productive cough.
These results are worrying for health professionals, as it shows many people have symptoms of lung disease, yet think their lungs are healthy. This means they are not speaking to their health care professionals about their symptoms and are not getting appropriate care in a timely fashion.