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Who is most at risk for dust disease and asbestosis?

Those who are most at risk for developing dust disease and asbestosis over time are those who frequently inhale dust particles. Although asbestos can be found in some older buildings, people who never come into contact with asbestos dust run a lower risk of developing lung disease. On the other hand, people who frequently work with dust or asbestos, such as construction workers or demolition crews, run a higher risk of developing complications from asbestosis. Those with a higher risk for acquiring the dust disease silicosis include: miners, sand blasters, coal miners, stonecutters, and crafters who make glass, pottery, or ceramics. People with any of these risk factors who also smoke increase their likelihood of developing lung cancer from excess scarring of the lungs.

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