Responsible for a staggering 14% of all Australian deaths, lung disease is a largely preventable condition. From asthma to lung cancer, we look at the management, control and prevention of lung disease. Keywords: lung disease - health impact - Australia, lung cancer - care and treatment, asthma - care and treatment.
Asbestos is a tough, heat-resistant mineral that was added to the building materials of many older homes. It can pose health hazards to workers and homeowners who renovate or demolish those homes. This animation shows how asbestos fibres could damage lung tissue and lead to lung disease.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or were exposed to airborne asbestos dust and fibers in other ways. Washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos also creates a risk for developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there seems to be no association between mesothelioma and tobacco smoking, but smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers.
Occupational Lung Disease Exposure to harmful particles, chemicals, vapors or gases while at work can lead to a variety of health problems including diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis and silicosis. Some of the more common irritants include organic materials (animal dander, grain dust), chemicals (beryllium), and asbestos particles.