We care about your lungs

The global impact of the five main respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, respiratory Infections, tuberculosis (TB) and lung cancer) is massive. Combined they represent an immense burden of suffering, as well as a leading cause of death and disability. They include both acute and chronic, infectious and non-communicable diseases.

News & Actions

  • Case of the missing crucifix

    Tuesday, October 25, 1:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Poster 209

    A medical student from National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran, Mexico, will present a patient who swallowed an usual object that got stuck. A 46-year-old man with a history of multiple substance abuse came seeking attention because of difficulty swallowing. After a chest film revealed a t-shaped foreign object in his esophagus, doctors attempted an endoscopy to remove the metallic foreign body with no success. He underwent surgery to successfully remove the t-shaped object, a small metal crucifix. He was discharged uneventfully.


  • From pleasure to pain? Ecstasy and heart failure

    Tuesday, October 25, 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Poster 516

    A medical student from Abington Jefferson Health in Abington, Pennsylvania, will present a case of methamphetamine-induced acute coronary syndrome. A 22-year-old man was brought to the emergency department (ED) for an evaluation of acute onset shortness of breath and chest pain. The patient reported he had taken “ecstasy” (“Molly”, MDMA) six hours before coming to the ED.


  • LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2016)– According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry, more than 70,000 people worldwide are suffering from the disease, with approximately 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Adherence to inhaled and oral therapies for cystic fibrosis patients is discouragingly low, ranging 31-35 percent for inhaled antibiotics. Programs to enhance adherence have had mixed success; a new pilot study from Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California, shows remarkable improvement in adherence using Bluetooth technology.


About us

The forum aims to promote advocacy in matters of global respiratory health and the identification of new areas for global initiatives

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) was established in 2001, with members coming from a number of international societies, including Asociación Latinoamericana del Thorax (ALAT), the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS).



Some of the key issues highlighted in the report are:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 200 million people and is the fourth leading cause of death in the world.
  • Asthma affects about 235 million people worldwide, is one of the most frequent reasons for hospital admissions among children, and leads to approximately 180,000 deaths each year.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) kills around 1.4 million people with about 8.7 million new cases annually.
  • Respiratory infections account for over 4 million deaths annually, including 1.3 million  children under 5, and are the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, accounting for 13% of the total reported cancers and affecting over 1.6 million people annually.



FIRS members main conferences in 2016.

9-12 Apr 2016 Nairobi, Kenya PATS
13-18 May 2016 San Francisco, USA ATS
6 – 9 Jul 2016 Stantiago, Chile ALAT
3-7 Sep 2016 London, UK ERS
22-26 Oct 2016 Los Angeles, USA CHEST
12-15 Nov 2016 Bangkok, Thailand APSR
25-29 Oct 2016 Liverpool, UK The Union

World days related to lung health


4 Feb 2016 World Cancer Day
24 Mar 2016 World Tuberculosis Day
3 May 2016 World Asthma Day
31 May 2016 World No Tobacco Day
1 Aug 2016 World Lung Cancer Day
12 Nov 2016 World Pneumonia Day
16 Nov 2016 World COPD Day
1 Dec 2016 World AIDS Day

World Lung Cancer Day is a day to celebrate, commemorate and support those who have been impacted by lung cancer. In recognition of World Lung Cancer Day on August 1 members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) will launch a global campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer and create an educational movement of understanding lung cancer risks, as well as early detection and treatment across the world.

According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 1.8 million new cases in 2012, and is responsible for nearly one in five deaths. Lung cancer claims more lives yearly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

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