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How common is siderosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Siderosis is most common in people who work in jobs like welding, which create iron and iron oxide dust. It is not found in people who have not been exposed to such dust. About 7% of arc welders develop siderosis.

The overall number of workers who developed dust diseases of the lung, which include siderosis and many other related conditions, decreased between 1972 and 2001. In 2001, the U.S. rate of full-time worker development of dust diseases of the lung was 0.1 per 10,000.

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