About Your Lungs

Breathing

Breathing is something that we all do without usually realizing it. We breathe in and out about 22,000 times a day.  We are powered by breathing. Our lungs fuel us with oxygen, our body's life-sustaining gas. Our lungs breathe in air, then remove the oxygen and pass it through our bloodstream, where it's carried off to the tissues and organs that allow us to walk, talk, and move.

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How Your Lungs Work

Your lungs bring fresh oxygen into your body. They remove the carbon dioxide and other waste gases that your body's doesn't need.

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Respiratory System

This chart of the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM shows how you breathe.

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Lung Disease Statistics

Life and Breath The best overall source for statistics on respiratory diseases in Canada is the report called Life and Breath: Respiratory Disease in Canada, released in November 2007.

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The Impact of Lung Disease

The Impact of Lung Disease The burden of lung disease is heavy in Canada. In particular, lung cancer, asthma and COPD exact an enormous human and economic toll. In 2014, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, causing more cancer deaths among Canadians than breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined.

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Prevent Lung Disease

There are hundreds of forms of lung disease that can be caused by many things including smoking, poor air quality, viruses, genetics and toxins. The good news is many lung diseases may be prevented.

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Page Last Updated: 20/05/2016