Lung Center

Understanding Lung Disease

The best defense against lung disease is to catch it early or avoid it altogether. That’s why Temple Lung Center specialists focus on preventing lung disease and screening those who are at risk to spot it during its earliest stages.

Learn more below about the most common causes and symptoms of lung disease and what can be done to prevent it.

How the Lungs Work

The lungs are a vital part of the respiratory system, which allows you to breathe. In addition to the lungs, the respiratory system includes airways that carry air in and out of your lungs, blood vessels surrounding the lungs, and the muscles that help you breathe.

Signs of Problems with the Lungs

There are some symptoms that may indicate a problem with the lungs.

Risk Factors

Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing or lowering your risk of lung disease. Anybody can get lung disease, but some lifestyle choices and environmental factors can greatly increase your chances.

When to See a Doctor

If you notice symptoms that may signal lung disease, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Persistent symptoms (such as a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) can be caused by damage or disease in the lungs and surrounding tissues.