Healthy Lungs

Roy Castle with Professor Ray Donnelly

Dr Arvind Kumar at the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

Breathing Facts

Breathing is one of the most universal and habitual practices that humans do. Most of the time, we don’t even think about it. Our lungs allow us to breathe in air and provide much needed oxygen to the rest of the body. This is an amazing process that keeps us going every day! But chances are you haven’t heard of some of these breathing facts!

  • The average person breathes in the equivalent of 13 pints of air every minute.
  • Children laugh about 300 times a day. Adults laugh about 15 to 100 times a day. Laughter is the best medicine, may have some truth. It helps to boost the immune system.
  • The lungs are the only organs in the human body to float on water.
  • In 1243, the Arab physician Ibn al-Nafis became the first person ever to describe the breathing process.
  • If the lungs were open flat, they would cover the entire size of a tennis court!
  • Breathing has very little to do with oxygen. Air has 21 percent oxygen and the body only needs 5 percent. The rest comes from carbon dioxide.
  • Seventy percent of waste is eliminated through your lungs just by breathing.

Face Your Fear at Westminster

The Face Your Fear campaign launched on Wednesday 31st October 2018 (Halloween, appropriately!) at Westminster. We invited MPs and journalists to our Face Your Fear virtual reality experience to highlight the importance of early detection.

The page was co-created and funded by AstraZeneca.

The event was sponsored by shadow minister for public health, Sharon Hodgson MP. After engaging with us at our #HeadHigh parliamentary event last November, Sharon has taken up the lung cancer mantle within Parliament. Speaking during the Cancer Strategy debate in February 2018, Sharon highlighted the importance of detecting lung cancer early and the significant impact it could have on survival outcomes.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP was also in attendance. Having been diagnosed with lung cancer in the New Year, James has completed treatment and is an example of why people should not put off going to the doctor if they have any potential lung cancer symptoms.