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EFA network of patients associations around Europe cover a wide spectrum of non-communicable diseases. At European level, we work on issues touching all these diseases, with a specific focus on three non-communicable chronic diseases: allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Our 38 members cover other respiratory conditions more specifically, notably some rare diseases. Rare disease patients’ needs at European level are represented by the European Rare Disease Organisation (EURORDIS), with whom we collaborate closely.

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is an abnormal widening of one or more airways. Normally, tiny glands in the lining of the airways make a small amount of mucus. Mucus keeps the airways moist and traps any dust and dirt in the inhaled air. Because bronchiectasis creates an abnormal widening of the airways, extra mucus tends to pool in the airways, favouring infections. Bronchiectasis has a number of causes, including COPD, cystic fibrosis, low antibody levels and infections such as tuberculosis, whooping cough and measles.

If you wish to know more about the disease please contact one of our Member associations in your home country, who will kindly respond to your questions in your own language and give you personalised advice.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease in which mucus from glands is thicker and stickier than normal, affecting the lungs and other organs. Difficulty in clearing mucus from the airway leads to chest infections and airflow obstruction, with related problems such as bronchiectasis and shortened life expectancy.

If you wish to know more about the disease please visit the association Cystic Fibrosis Europe. Their national members will advise you on the questions you might have: http://www.cf-europe.eu/national-associations

Eczema

Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis) is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, non-contagious and extremely itchy skin disease. The exact causes of eczema are unknown. You might have inherited a tendency for eczema. You may have a family member who has eczema or who has hay fever (allergic rhinitis) or asthma.

You can also contact one of our Member associations in your home country, who will kindly respond to your questions in your own language and give you personalised advice.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is cancer of the trachea (windpipe), bronchus (airway) or lung air sacs (alveoli).Lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide in both men and women.

If you wish to know more about the disease please visit the association Lung Cancer Europe. Their national members will advise you on the questions you might have.

Occupational lung diseases

Occupational lung diseases result from breathing in harmful dusts or fumes, such as silica, asbestos and coal dust. This exposure typically occurs in the workplace. Pneumoconiosis, or scarring of the lung tissue caused by inhaled dust, is one of the most common forms of occupational lung disease.

Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease in which the lung becomes thick, creating scars that are called fibrosis. As the lung tissue thickens, oxygen cannot be properly transferred into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain and other organs do not get the oxygen they need. Sometimes a cause can be identified although very often the causes for developing the disease are unknown. In this case it is described as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

You can also contact one of our Member associations in your home country, who will kindly respond to your questions in your own language and give you personalised advice.

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare lung disorder in which the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs become narrowed, making it difficult for blood to flow through the vessels. As a result, the blood pressure in these arteries -- called pulmonary arteries -- rises far above normal levels, leading to heart failure.

If you wish to know more about the disease please visit the association Pulmonary Hypertension Europe. Their national members will advise you on the questions you might have: http://www.phaeurope.org/about-pha-europe/pha-europe-affiliates/

Sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a condition that affects breathing while asleep. It reduces airflow causing intermittent dips in the amount of oxygen in the blood and disturbs sleep. The individual with sleep apnoea is often unaware of the night-time breathing difficulties.


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