23rd June 2021

June 21-27 is ‘Love Your Lungs Week’ - the UK's lung health awareness week organised by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) - the only UK charity looking after the nation’s lungs.1

Our lungs are essential to our health and wellbeing, and with COVID-19 affecting all of our lives over the last year or so, it has never been more important to look after these amazing organs:2

• They breathe-in and out 8‒9,000 litres of air every day!

• Adult lungs contain about 600 million spongy, air-filled, sacs called alveoli

• The surface area inside the lungs is huge – about the size of a tennis court, so perfect for efficient gas exchange!

The BLF have been carrying out research into all lung diseases for 30 years, with the aim of improving care, and preventing, treating and curing lung diseases. Unfortunately, lung disease is still a major health problem, even without the impact of COVID-19. In the UK, around 10,000 people are diagnosed with a lung disease every week, and about 700,000 hospitalisations are due to lung disease every year, with conditions ranging from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and mesothelioma.1 

This year, the theme of Love Your Lungs Week is sharing how we've been loving our lungs over the past year and how we will continue to do so. 

Click on the BLF website link to read stories from people with lung conditions, discover how you can manage your lung health better, and get involved in their latest campaigns: https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign/loveyourlungsweek   

References

1. British Lung Foundation: www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign/loveyourlungsweek

2. National Geographic Science: Lungs. Available at: https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign/loveyourlungsweek