Lung disease can affect the ability to breathe, potentially causing short-term or long-term damage to our overall health. Estimates by the American Lung Association suggested more than 35 million Americans have a preventable chronic lung disease.
The category of lung disease includes a number of conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the United States, asthma is the most common one affecting approximately 25 million people.
Mild symptoms should be checked out as early detection can improve treatment outcomes and potentially be life-saving.
I – Word Understanding
Asthma – a disease in the air passage that makes breathing difficult
Bronchitis – inflammation of the air passage (bronchial tube)
COPD – difficulty in breathing due to damage of lungs or chronic bronchitis
II – Have Your Say
Here are some lung disease warning signs to watch out for:
1. Cough problem – When was the last time you had a cough? When would you consider seeing a doctor when you have a cough?
2. Breathing difficulties – Can you identify some health issues related to shortness of breath?
3. Pain in various body parts – What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you have body pain? How do you deal with it?