2018 World Asthma Day

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2018 World Asthma Day

On World Asthma Day (1st May 2018) and throughout May, people with asthma and organisations dedicated to asthma control and education join together to increase awareness about asthma and improve the lives of all people with asthma.

Did you know that 2 million Australians live with asthma?

According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma, which can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to control asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes.1

Asthma can have a significant impact on those living with this chronic condition if they do not understand how to properly manage their condition. This year’s theme is “Never too early, never too late. It’s always the right time to address airways disease”The theme provides a call to action for both patients and healthcare providers worldwide to evaluate symptoms regardless of when they may occur and take actions to ensure that the asthma is controlled.


1. World Health Report. Geneva: World Health Organization. Available from URL:
http://www.who.int/respiratory/asthma/en/, 2018.

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