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10 Risky Jobs for Your Lungs

These jobs may have lung risks for some workers.

10. Coal mining.

Underground miners are at risk for everything from bronchitis to pneumoconiosis, or "black lung." It's a chronic condition caused by inhaling coal dust that becomes embedded in the lungs, causing them to harden and make breathing very difficult.

"This can cause progressive massive fibrosis and can kill people," Von Essen says.

Again, protective equipment can limit the amount of dust inhaled.

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Reviewed on May 22, 2012

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