The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that, during a normal day, the average person takes about 17,000 to 23,000 breaths. That’s a lot of air! The lungs are responsible for getting oxygen into the bloodstream, where it is then delivered to the cells in the body. Most of what a person inhales is oxygen and nitrogen, but small amounts of other gases, bacteria, and viruses can also enter the body. Inhaling pollutants, tobacco smoke or automobile exhaust may lead to lung diseases, such as lung cancer, or even death. A lung disease is a disorder that affect the lungs and may prevent the body from getting enough oxygen.
Read on to learn the warning signs of lung disease.