Lung disease in the UK

In 2020, British Lung Foundation merged with Asthma UK and in 2022 we officially became Asthma + Lung UK.  Please visit our website to learn more about us.

Please note:  Our Helpline number is now 0300 222 5800 and our contact email is [email protected]


How many people in the UK have lung disease? Who is most affected? And how does lung disease impact the health service?

This website reports how many people in the UK are affected by each of the major lung diseases and how the figures vary by age, gender, region and standard of living. It also reveals the impact lung disease has on health services, such as hospital admissions and bed-days.

You can look at the big picture of lung disease in the UK, or detailed statistics for each condition including asthma, COPD, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

UK deaths from lung diseases compared with other major disease groups, 2012

For the past 3 years, we've been investigating the impact lung disease on UK. 

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