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Lung disease responsible for 10% of deaths in Europe

Published on 06/09/2013

Lung conditions, such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are the cause for one in every ten of all deaths in Europe, a report says.

Smoking can cause fatal lung cancer

A report from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) believes that smoking is behind a large amount of deaths and that over the next 20 years the rate of lung disease will continue to grow.

The data shows that smoking can be linked to half of the total socio-economic costs of respiratory disease and the UK is one of the worst areas for lung disease. The UK was ranked the fifth worst country in Europe behind Belgium, Denmark, Hungary and Ireland.

However the British Lung Foundation (BLF) in the UK believes that respiratory and lung disease was responsible for one in four deaths in Great Britain.

The UK charity also feels that funding for treatment and research on lung disease is low and unrepresented and receives less priority

Lung disease cancer is one of the most untreatable forms of cancer and has a one-year survival rate of approximately just 30% in both men and women.

Professor Richard Hubbard from the BLF said: “Although lung disease kills up to one in four people in the UK, it regrettably doesn’t receive the same level of priority when it comes to prevention and treatment.

“It is telling that when NHS England created the new ‘Strategic Clinical Networks’ for improving health services last year, cancer, mental health, and cardiovascular disease were all included, but respiratory disease was not.”

Lung cancer is a chronic disease and may not be covered on health insurance but some policies can include comprehensive cancer care.

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