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Lung Diseases: Glasgow has the highest mortality rate

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Published on 27 May 2016 12:26 PM GMT

Lung Diseases: Glasgow has the highest mortality rate
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Edenburgh: Glasgow in Britain ,accounts for the highest number of deaths from lung disease. According to the British Lung Foundation(BLF), people living in the city are almost twice as likely to die from lung diseases as those in Stirling.

The charity blames smoking rates for the serious health problem. Despite of smoking heavy industry has also led to high rates of lung disease.

The BLF called the Scottish government and NHS Scotland to set up an "independent taskforce" to produce a strategy for tackling lung health in Scotland.

The study includes:

  • Scotland has the highest rate of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.
  • Scotland has higher rates of less common lung conditions like pneumoconiosis, caused by inhaling dusts and chemicals in the workplace.
  • Parts of Scotland with a history of shipbuilding have high rates of the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.
  • Scotland has the highest rates of conditions such as asthma, sarcoidosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in the UK.

The UK-wide report reveals that lung disease is one of the UK's "big three" killers - alongside heart disease and cancer.

It is found that after every five minute one person dies from lung disease and five more are diagnosed.

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