Respiratory disorders are the top three principal causes of hospitalization and death in Malaysia attributed to the poor management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among Malaysians.
Common symptoms include:
- chronic cough
- shortness of breath
- chest pain or tightness
Learn what to watch out for each of these lung-related diseases below and send us an enquiry if you’re worried about them.
Asthma is a disease of chronic inflammation that narrows the airways. A condition which worsens with the introduction of triggers that constrict passages or fill it ups with mucus, asthma severely hinders breathing. 2 million Malaysians suffer from asthma which affects anyone from as young as six years old. 90% of asthma cases, however, are uncontrolled asthma.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) represents a group of lung-damaging disorders that make breathing more difficult over time. In Malaysia, many cases of COPD go unnoticed for years without any noticeable signs such as breathlessness and coughing, along with incidences of misreading COPD as asthma or ‘smoker’s cough’.
Like all cancers, lung cancer happens when cells in the body grow out of control. Beginning in the lungs, lung cancer may spread to lymph nodes or other organs in the body. Currently, the most common cancer in men, lung cancer has the lowest survival rate among all cancers due to the delay in diagnosis.
Consult a Doctor about Your Lung Health
It can be a relief to talk to others who understand. Consider seeking advice from a healthcare professional to further understand symptoms and treatment options upon diagnosis.