Learn all about lung conditions and diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, whooping cough and more.
This lung disease is caused by asbestos dust, with symptoms (shortness of breath, coughing) usually appearing 10 to 20 years after exposure.
Emphysema is a progressive lung disease usually caused by cigarette smoking. It causes shortness of breath and coughing.
Quit tobacco and you'll breathe easy
According to the World Health Organization, tobacco products were responsible for 3.3 million lung disease-related deaths worldwide in 2017.
Silicosis is a lung disease caused by inhaling unsafe levels of silica dust, usually over a period of many years. Find out how to minimise the risk.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease where the tissue around the air sacs in the lungs becomes damaged, thickened and scarred. The condition leads to problems with breathing. Find out more.
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Pneumothorax (known as collapsed lung) is a reasonably common condition that occurs when air leaks into the space between the lung and chest wall.
A lung biopsy involves removing small pieces of abnormal lung tissue using a needle. The procedure is performed by a radiologist (doctor who specialises in x-rays and scans).
Emphysema and COPD statistics
Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a significant impact on Australians. See some trusted statistics and learn more here.