Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month is dedicated to a disease that anyone can face, but not even realize they are sick. Unfortunately, pulmonary fibrosis is a disease ordinary people know almost nothing about because it is hardly talked about.
The literal translation of the name of the disease means scarring of the lungs, and this clearly demonstrates what pathological processes occur in the body. As a result of scarring, the patient has difficulty breathing. The term “fibrosis” refers to the formation of connective tissue, as a result of which the walls of the lungs thicken and the process of transporting oxygen slows down. This is why patients with pulmonary fibrosis constantly feel short of breath and are afraid of suffocating. Unfortunately, the reasons why people develop the disease are not fully understood. Doctors identified several of the most likely versions, including other lung diseases and autoimmune diseases.
- Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive lung disease that inevitably becomes chronic. The pathological process causes scarring or inflammation of the lung tissue. Gradually, the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the other organs slows down.
- The main symptoms are shortness of breath, dry cough, and chronic fatigue.
- According to statistics cited by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the disease has been diagnosed in one in two hundred Americans over the age of 65. Today, about 200 thousand people live with this disease, about 50 thousand new cases are diagnosed annually, and 40 thousand patients die.
- About 86% of Americans are unaware of the signs and treatment of pulmonary fibrosis.
- The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation invites everyone who needs help to visit their official pages on social networks. You can also find useful information with the hashtags #PFMonth and #BlueUp4PF.
How to do Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Read about how the disease affects the quality of life of patients, how to identify the disease by symptoms, and what treatment to undergo. People with pulmonary fibrosis struggle every day, so it’s important for family and friends to know how to make that struggle easier. Work on raising funds and educating other people – this will help millions of patients, as well as help scientists conduct research aimed at finding effective drugs.
When is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month celebrated in 2023?
Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month is observed on September 1 each year.