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An average of one in five people will die of lung disease in Ireland. We have the highest incidence rates of asthma in the world and lung cancer claims more lives here than any other cancer. In addition, rates of rare lung diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) in Ireland are among the highest in the world.

This topic was the focus of a free RCSI MyHealth lecture in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) recently. Speakers included Professor Gerry McElvaney, Professor of Medicine, RCSI and Consultant Respiratory Physician at Beaumont Hospital; Dr Dorothy Ryan, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Beaumont Hospital and Dr Ross Morgan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Beaumont Hospital.