Saskatoon’s World Spirometry Event a Huge Success
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 15, 2010 - World Spirometry Day was a huge success at Market Mall in Saskatoon yesterday. Over 60 participants had their lungs tested with the majority never having a lung test previously. Even Saskatoon’s own mayor, Don Atchinson showed up to have his lungs tested. Spirometry is a simple breathing test that measures how much air can be blown out and how fast the air can be blown out of your lungs.
Spirometry testing is performed by taking in a big breath, and then blowing as hard and long as you can into a machine. This can indicate a lung function problem may be present. A video about spirometry can be viewed at www.lung.ca. “The goal of World Spirometry Day is to promote the early diagnosis of lung conditions, encourage people to get their lungs tested when appropriate, and to raise awareness about lung health,” says Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, Co-Chair, World Spirometry Day, North America and a professor of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
With 2010 being the international “Year of the Lung”, there is increased importance being placed on the diagnosis of respiratory diseases through spirometry testing. “One in five Canadians - six million adults and children - has a respiratory problem,” says Marion Laroque, a respiratory therapist and certified respiratory educator with The Lung Association. “If a person has a concern about a breathing problem or is a smoker or ever smoked, ask about having spirometry done.” The earlier spirometry is performed, the earlier lung disease can be detected and treated, improving day-to-day life.
For more information contact:
The Lung Association of Saskatchewan