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May is the month to check your Lung Health

Anyone can get lung disease, no matter their age or background – it affects approximately 1 in 4 Australians and is the second leading cause of death in the country, with 45 Australians being lost to lung disease and lung cancer every day.

Common lung conditions include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. Nearly one-third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a respiratory condition.

Knowing all of the early warning signs of lung disease can help to get a diagnosis and receive treatment before things becomes serious or even life-threatening. During May everyone is encouraged to learn the signs and symptoms to look out for by completing a two–minute online Lung Health Checklist.

Visit the Lung Foundation Australia website for a checklist of lung disease signs, lung health tips, information and campaign resources.

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