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What is pneumoconiosis?

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Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease that affects miners, builders, and other workers who breathe in certain kinds of dust on the job, such as silica, coal dust, or asbestos. Over time, the dust gathers in your lungs, and you may find it hard to get enough air.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Pneumoconiosis."

Environmental Health Perspectives : "Silicosis and coal workers' pneumoconiosis."

CHEST Foundation: "Pneumoconiosis."

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: "Occupational Interstitial Lung Diseases."

CDC: "Resurgence of Progressive Massive Fibrosis in Coal Miners -- Eastern Kentucky, 2016."

American Lung Association: "Oxygen Therapy."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Pneumoconiosis."

Environmental Health Perspectives : "Silicosis and coal workers' pneumoconiosis."

CHEST Foundation: "Pneumoconiosis."

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: "Occupational Interstitial Lung Diseases."

CDC: "Resurgence of Progressive Massive Fibrosis in Coal Miners -- Eastern Kentucky, 2016."

American Lung Association: "Oxygen Therapy."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 18, 2019

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