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Mesothelioma is an occupational lung disorder resulting from repeated and long-term exposure on the job to certain irritants.

Coal miners are most frequently mentioned as workers who deal with occupational lung disorders, but many other jobs can expose an employee to hazardous chemicals, dust and fibers that can lead to lung problems if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Other examples of occupational lung disease include asbestosis, coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (also known as black lung disease) silicosis, byssinosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and occupational asthma.

Symptoms of occupational lung diseases are similar to other forms of lung disease and may include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Abnormal breathing pattern

Consult your doctor for diagnosis and more information regarding the treatment of occupational lung diseases.