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Lung diseases


Did you know that lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.? In fact, each year nearly 400,000 people in the United States die of lung disease, and over 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from a chronic lung disease.1

Some NetWellness health topics focusing on lung diseases are asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, and tuberculosis.

What is the Respiratory System?

The respiratory system consists of the organs involved in the interchanges of gases, including the:

Respiration is simply the act of inhaling or exhaling. When you breathe, the air:

Staying Healthy

In order to keep your lungs healthy, there are some things you can try to avoid:

Another way to keep your lungs in great shape is to exercise regularly.

For more information about keeping your lungs healthy, please visit the websites listed below:



  1. Lung Disease Finder, American Lung Association.
  2. Intuit Health Patient Portal
  3. Anatomy of the Respiratory System, OSU Patient Education.
  4. Anatomy of the Respiratory System, OSU Patient Education.
  5. Environmental Tips, OSU Patient Education.

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Last Reviewed: Jul 09, 2008

Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati