Funds raised from The Long Walk for Lungs will be dedicated to go towards:
- research into IPF - to improve the outcomes for those affected
- raising awareness about this devastating disease and
- supporting those who have the disease.
About Lung Foundation Australia
Lung Foundation Australia is the only national charity dedicated to supporting anyone with a lung disease. Since 1990, we have been the national first point-of-call for patients, their families, carers, health professionals and the general community. Our Mission is to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease for all Australians by:
- Supporting those with lung disease, their families and carers.
- Driving world class research
- Promoting lung health and timely diagnosis of lung disease.
- Providing clinical support and education.
- Promoting equitable access to evidence-based care.
The organisation relies on the generosity of the community through donations, membership, bequests, grants, and support from business and industry. Find out more at lungfoundation.com.au
Lung disease overview
- There are over 30 types of lung disease
- 1 in 4 Australians have a lung disease
- Lung disease is responsible for more than 10% of Australia’s overall health burden
- 1 in 7 deaths are a result of lung disease
- Over 50% of Australian adults rarely think about their lung health
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- 1 in 7 Australians over 40 have COPD, many don’t know it
- COPD is the 2nd leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
- IPF is a debilitating and fatal lung disease
- The prevalence of IPF is estimated at 1.25–63 out of 100 000
Lung Cancer - Australia’s biggest cancer killer
- Lung cancer kills more Australians than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers combined
- 25 people die each day from lung cancer
- Approximately 12,500 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men diagnosed with lung cancer will have never smoked
- Publicity, empathy, research and funding for lung diseases in Australia remain extremely low
- Of 15 nationalities, Australians have the least sympathy for people with lung cancer
- Less than 5 cents of every cancer research dollar goes to lung cancer