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What is the rate of prevalence for black lung disease?

Black lung disease is specifically a disease affecting people who inhale coal dust, so incidence rates are largely limited to coal mine workers and other related occupations. One study, conducted between 1995 and 2002, found that about 3 percent of coal miners studied had developed black lung disease. Less than half a percent had developed the more serious form, progressive massive fibrosis.

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How does black lung disease affect other illnesses?
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Black lung disease is not caused by any other illness, and can only develop from long-term exposure ...
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How do I manage black lung disease on a daily basis?
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If you are diagnosed with the simple form of black lung disease, you can expect to live a normal lif...
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Can black lung disease be cured?
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There is no cure for black lung disease. Treatment focuses on addressing the symptoms of the disease...
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How is black lung disease diagnosed?
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Doctors may suspect black lung disease in miners or others who have been inhaling coal dust for many...
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