Risk Factors for Developing Complications
► Type of dust - Freshly fractured silica or mixture of silica with clay increases the risk of silicosis
► Peak exposures
► Individual susceptibility to silicosis
► Smoking - Smoking may increase a silicosis patientís risk for cancer
Coal workerís pneumoconiosis
► Carbon content of the dust - Development of fibrosis of the lung in coal workerís pneumoconiosis is more common with anthracite than bituminous dust.
► Smoking - Smoking adds to the lung damage caused by coal workerís pneumoconiosis
► Proportion of silica in the coal dust
► Intensity of the exposure
► Age of the patient
► The patientís immunity
► Presence of tuberculosis in the patient
► Smoking - Smoking increases the risk of cancer in asbestosis patients.
► Intensity of exposure
► Type of dust