Occupational Lung Disease
Occupational lung disease is the most common work-related illness in the United States. Occupational lung cancer is caused by the inhalation of carcinogens in the workplace.
Asbestosis, a progressive disease marked by lung tissue scarring, is caused by exposure to microscopic asbestos fibers. Byssinosis, or brown lung disease, is caused by dust from hemp, flax, and cotton processing. This chronic condition severely affects lung function.
Other occupational lung diseases include: occupational asthma (which occurs when an individual is exposed to dust, vapors, gases, or fumes which trigger an asthma attack), black lung disease (limited to coal workers), hypersensitivity pneumonitis (caused by the inhalation of fungus spores from organic sources), and silicosis (resulting from exposure to silica in mines, foundries, stone, clay, and glass manufacturing). New York Methodist Hospital's pulmonologists have also evaluated hundreds of World Trade Center rescue workers.
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