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Can black lung disease be prevented?

Black lung disease is caused by environmental factors, so it is completely preventable and can be avoided by limiting or eliminating your exposure to coal dust. Even miners or others who work around coal or graphite mines can lower their exposure by taking certain precautions. By law, companies must take steps to reduce their workers' risk. Masks may offer some protection against the disease. Ventilation systems in the mines may also be helpful. Consider practical measures as well. People should not eat or drink in areas where coal dust is prevalent. Coal dust on the skin should be washed off as soon as possible, and clothes covered in coal dust should be removed promptly and washed thoroughly.

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How does black lung disease affect the body?
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If I have black lung disease, why does my doctor recommend a TB test?
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How do I manage black lung disease on a daily basis?
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What are the treatment options for black lung disease?
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