What is Black lung disease?
Black lung disease, also called coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), develops when an individual inhales coal dust over time. The lungs cannot rid themselves of the fine coal dust, and eventually coal dust can block the airways and cause permanent scarring to the lungs. Sadly, there is no cure for coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.
Simple CWP can actually be completely asymptomatic, meaning that you have no outward symptoms or indication that you have the disease. Additionally, common symptoms of CWP are often difficult to notice during the onset of the disease.