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Deaths caused by lung disease have not decreased over past decade, shows UK study

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3044 (Published 31 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3044
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The number of people dying from lung disease has barely changed in a decade, and rates of some lung conditions are far higher than previously thought, a comprehensive report from the British Lung Foundation has shown.1

The Battle for Breath, the Impact of Lung Disease in the UK has shown that lung disease kills 115 000 people each year. This figure has hardly changed over the past decade, whereas the number of deaths from heart disease reduced by 15% from 2008 to 2012. The United Kingdom has the fourth highest mortality rate from lung disease in Europe, with only Denmark, Hungary, …

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