Statistics released by the European Union have drawn attention to the number of people dying as a result of lung conditions.
According to the figures, published by Eurostat, 671,920 people died of lung conditions in 2012 – 13% of all deaths during that year.
Of the total number of deaths related to lung conditions, lung cancer was the most prominent cause of death, accounting for 40% of cases. This was followed by bronchitis and other chronic lower respiratory diseases (24%) and pneumonia (19%).
The statistics also show that men (398,355 deaths) were more affected than women (273,600 deaths) and that the UK had the highest share of lung disease-related deaths (20.3%).
These figures highlight lung conditions as one of Europe’s – and, indeed, the world’s – biggest health concerns.
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