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.

Take two minutes to check in with your lungs during Lung Health Awareness Month this May by completing Lung Foundation Australia’s online lung health check at https://lungfoundation.com.au/lung-health-checklist/

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.