Understanding Lung Health in Europe

05 November 2013, Last updated at 16:15 EEST
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The European Respiratory Society together with the  European Voice will organise a high-level briefing to assess the state of lung health in Europe, understand what the major issues are and discuss what policymakers and stakeholders could do to improve the situation.

The event will discuss
  • the latest facts and figures on lung health in Europe;
  • what EU policymakers could do to make a difference;
  •  what patients can teach us.

The most recent figures show that lung conditions are responsible for one in ten of all deaths in Europe and cost EU countries at least 400 billion Euros annually. Deaths due to lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are projected to increase over coming decades. Each year across the 28 EU member states, lung diseases cause 661 000 deaths and at least 6 million hospital admissions, accounting for over 43 million in-patient bed-days. The challenges to lung health in Europe range from tobacco to air pollution and all Europeans are not equal when it comes to respiratory diseases. The importance of non-communicable diseases among lung conditions is growing. At the event, the findings of the latest edition of the European Respiratory Society's white book on lung health in Europe will be presented.

More information about the event is available here.

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