Breathe Easy Week takes place between 17th and 23rd June 2019. This annual awareness event arranged by the British Lung Foundation, aims to raise awareness of lung disease and promotes focus on lung health.
Lung disease is very common, affecting 1 in 5 people in the UK. 10,000 people are diagnosed with a new lung condition each week and one person dies from lung disease every five minutes in the UK. Lung diseases take various forms and have various causes. The diseases include COPD, often caused by smoking, asthma, pneumonia and asbestos-related diseases such as pleural thickening, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) aims to improve care for those suffering with lung conditions and improve treatments and cures for lung diseases. They also support those suffering with lung disease, offering online information, a helpline and support groups around the country. Their aim is to reach a day when all of us can breathe clean air with healthy lungs.
Take the BLF breath test
The BLF website offers the opportunity to undertake a breath test. By following a series of questions about the level of physical activity carried out on a daily basis, concerns about breathlessness and lifestyle, the test assesses how worried you should be about your breathing and makes recommendations. There is also the opportunity to answer a few more questions to help with the important research the British Lung Foundation do.
Events will take place across the UK to mark Breathe Easy week. It is a chance for people yet to have been diagnosed with a lung condition to think about their lung health and take action if necessary.
Should you have concerns about your breathing and have been exposed to asbestos in the past, we recommend that you seek advice from your doctor. If there is a suspicion that you have an asbestos-related condition we will be able to advise you further.
If you require assistance in pursuing a mesothelioma claim or believe you have a valid asbestos claim for any other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.