What is lung health?

Our bodies need oxygen to survive and function efficiently. Everything from digesting food to solving a crossword puzzle requires a certain amount of oxygen.

The air we breathe in contains oxygen and other gases, along with potential pollutants and irritants. Our lungs are designed to extract the right amount of oxygen, filter out pollutants and expel carbon dioxide, the waste gas produced by our cells.



Statistics

1 in 3

Almost 1 in 3 Australians has a lung disease

10%

Lung disease accounts for 10% of the total health burden in Australia

29%

Occupational exposure contributes to 29% of lung cancers in men

2,500,000

About 2.5 million Australians have asthma, around 11% of the population