Respiratory Disease

There are a range of diseases that can affect the lungs and respiratory system, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Lung cancer and emphysema/bronchitis are the 2nd and 3rd biggest causes of death in men over England and Wales, so keeping healthy lungs is clearly something men need to consider.

The risk factors for respiratory diseases can include asthma, long-term exposure to air pollution, fumes and dust from the environment or your workplace, but the most prominent risk factor is smoking. As such, stopping smoking if you are a smoker is the best way to safeguard your lungs.

Symptoms vary according to condition, but common signs of an issue can be breathlessness, a persistent cough, a tight chest, or producing more mucus or phlegm than usual. If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, do see you doctor or seek more information from reputable sources.

You can find more information from these sources:

British Lung Foundation

NHS Choices


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