Lung health tests for carpenters and joiners at W16 show

Trades people at the W16 show at the NEC will get a chance to test their lung health at stand A610 on 3-4 October 2016. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has teamed up with Festool, the professional tool manufacturer, to run a ‘Love Your Lungs’ screening on their exhibition stand at the W16 Joinery & Furniture Manufacture Show.

The ‘Love Your Lungs’ space will give carpenters and joiners the opportunity to have lung screening tests, and speak to respiratory professionals for free advice and information. They can also take the charity’s free online breath test as part of its Listen to your lungs campaign.

Each year 115,000 people are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the UK. COPD is a lifelong condition that narrows the airways, making it harder to breathe. Many may not realise they have the condition. Smoking is the most common cause of the condition but it can also be caused by long-term exposure to fumes and dust in the working environment.

Cheryl Evans, Business Development manager at the British Lung Foundation, said:
“This is a great opportunity for people who work in dusty environments to get a quick, simple lung test. We are inviting everyone who attends the show and who has felt breathless or has a persistent cough to come along and get checked. At our recent public lung screening events in Wales 25% of those screened found they were advised to visit their doctor – over a hundred people doing the right thing to improve their health.

“This shows just how many people may be living with a lung disease without realising it. For many people, they will have nothing to worry about, but it is always better to be sure and put your mind at rest.”

To find out more about the BLF Love Your Lungs campaign please visit: www.blf.org.uk

The BLF wants to highlight the common symptoms of COPD. They include a persistent cough, and being breathless when you would not expect to be, like taking a short walk. People often dismiss symptoms as a bad cough, or part of old age and being unfit, unaware they could have a serious underlying condition. Of the estimated three million people in the UK living with COPD, around two thirds remain undiagnosed.

Festool is funding the British Lung Foundation to be present on their stand and is a corporate supporter.

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