Colombo, Dec. 23 -- Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mostly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases, account for over two-thirds of world's deaths each year. "Of these, the lung diseases are the least recognized" said Dr Dean Schraufnagel, Executive Director, Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), who was among the key experts at the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Apart from scaling up care for NCDs, it is equally important to reduce exposure to risk factors. Climate change, unplanned urbanization and air pollution are among the major risk factors for some respiratory NCDs.

Some of the Non-Communicable Respiratory Diseases Include:

- Chronic Obstructive Pulmona...