Silicosis is a lung disease. It is bad enough in and of itself, but it could also lead to serious illnesses, such as lung cancer.
As explained by the American Lung Association, silicosis is often associated with certain types of professions. Northwest Indiana is home to many of these industries.
Silica, the mineral that causes this disease, is one of the most abundant materials in the earth’s crust. If you have a job that involves dusty work, you could be at risk. Some examples include:
- Ceramics manufacturing
- Foundry jobs
- Sand or gravel mining
- Construction and demolition
- Home improvement, especially kitchen and bath countertop work
Generally speaking, your risk goes up if you have a long-term exposure to high levels of silica-containing dust. This is not a disease that usually shows up overnight, but rather it develops over time and leads to more life-threatening conditions.
If you think you might have developed silicosis, or if your doctor suggests that you might have, please follow all medical recommendations. Professional support could help you recover from or stall the progress of your illness. The bottom line is that, although there is no going back from many of the diseases associated with silicosis, your care provider could still guide you towards actions to improve your life.
Of course, accessing this type of care could be a challenge in and of itself. That is especially true of life-changing diagnoses, such as lung cancer. If you are unable to recover from this type of injury alone, there could be various official and legal ways for you to get the help you need.