October is Healthy Lung Month, bringing with it opportunities to learn more about one of our body’s most vital organs.
Every breath we take is a reminder of how important lungs are to our overall well-being. Whether you are in good health or suffer from a disease that affects the lungs — such as mesothelioma or lung cancer — there are significant things you can do on a daily basis to take care of your body.
Lungs transport oxygen to the blood when you inhale, and eliminate carbon dioxide, a “waste gas,” from the body when you exhale. The process is called gas exchange, and it is crucial to life itself.
When a toxic substance or disease inhibits the ability of the lungs to do their job, the whole body suffers.
Smoking, air pollutants and hazards such as exposure to asbestos are all factors that pose a risk to lung