Lung screening and lung function

Posted on September 25, 2013

Lung screening and lung function tests – NEW REPORT

The European Respiratory Society has issued a report entitled “The European Lung White Book” that comments that:

  • conditions of the lung cause 1 in 10 deaths in Europe
  • with mortality as a result of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) expected to rise.

It estimates that costs from lung conditions cost European countries an estimated 390 billion Euros each year.

The report states that there are four respiratory disease categories,  responsible for 1 in 6 deaths, that are in the top 10 causes of mortality worldwide:

  • Lung cancer
  • COPD
  • Lower respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia)
  • Tuberculosis.

The report notes that the major burden of lung disease is due to smoking and respiratory infections, which are potentially preventable. Proffessor Blasi comments in the report that “Both the prevention and treatment of lung diseases will need to be improved if their impact on longevity, quality of life of individuals and economic burden on society are to be reduced in Europe and worldwide.”

Lung Screening:

Your Bluecrest Health Screening package can include a COPD lung function test.  This also includes a lung age calculation to compare your lung age with your actual age.  You may also want to speak to our health screening specialists about what tests are right for you.  We ensure that customers fully understand the implications of raised or normal readings.

For more information about the European Respiratory Society, see here: http://www.ersjournals.com/ and for news coverage, see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23971689

For more information about COPD, see here: http://ec2-34-241-50-215.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com/services/lung_function.html

Speak to your health screening specialist at your screening about aspects of lung screening.  We are always pleased to help.

Smoking

This report is published at a time when the NHS in the UK is conducting a major no-smoking campaign entitled Stoptober.

It is aimed at encouraging people to quit for 28 days – and there is a significant amount of free information that people interested should register to obtain:

https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/

Click the above for your FREE pack.