What Are the Different Lung Diseases?


Lung disease is the third highest leading cause of death in America, according to the American Lung Association. More than 35 million people in the United States live with lung diseases.


Asthma happens when bronchial tubes become inflamed and restricted, which makes it difficult to breathe. Eleven people die from asthma each day, according to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.


Asbestosis results from breathing in asbestos fibers, according to the Mayo Clinic. Asbestosis can result in scarring of lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD occurs when excess mucus is produced and blocks the main airways to lungs, according to Medline Plus. The main cause of COPD is smoking.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer results in more deaths in the United States than any other type of cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms of lung cancer include bloody septum, chest pain, cough, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, wheezing and weight loss.


Pneumonia is when lungs get an infection caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses. People older than 65 and younger than 2 have a higher risk for pneumonia according to Medline Plus.

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