A recent air pollution study, State of the Air 2010 finds that 58 percent of Americans – more than 175 million – live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. The report list some cities with their state on air pollution. Air pollution can cause a host of alarming symptoms, ranging from shortness of breath and asthma attacks, to chest pain, heart attacks, and even premature death
One of the deadly disease linked with air pollution is lung cancer. According to American Lung Association, lung cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. Lung cancer still the most common cause of cancer death.
Lung cancer is only one of lung related diseases. Lung disease spreads from Acute Bronchitis, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Asbestosis, Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Bronchiolitis, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Byssinosis, Chronic Bronchitis, Coccidioidomycosis (Cocci), Mesothelioma, Pneumonia to Tuberculosis
Avoid exposure to pollutants can protect our lungs. Today, most pollutants come various sources, transportation industry, manufacture, construction and power plant.
Here some tips from American Lung Association to protect our lungs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based
- Avoids crowds during the cold and flu season.
- Keep your oral hygiene, it can protect you from the germs in your mouth leading to infections
- Get vaccinated every year against influenza
- If you get sick, keep it to yourself! Protect the people around you, including your loved ones, by keeping your distance.