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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

National Lung Disease Awareness Month

Date posted: 4 November 2013

November is national lung disease awareness month. There are more than six million Australians living with an ongoing respiratory condition.

'Lung disease, like palliative care, is often something that is forgotten in Australian society and research shows that many Australians think people with lung disease have brought it on themselves by smoking,' stated Lung Foundation Australia Chief Executive Officer, William Darbishire.

‘Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research shows one in three women who are diagnosed with lung cancer are not currently or have never smoked. Yet compared to other countries, Australians are less sympathetic towards people with lung cancer than they are for people with other types of cancer,' he said.

Throughout the month of November the Lung Foundation and other organisations will be hosting a range of events and activities designed to help people think about the affect lung cancer has on our society.

Source: ehospice Palliative Care News

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Last updated: 4 November 2013
 
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