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Occupational Lung Disease Program

If you've been exposed to harmful substances at work, it's important to take steps to protect your lung health. If you're experiencing breathing problems, it's even more critical to obtain a diagnosis and receive specialized care.

Our specialists in the Occupational Lung Disease Program have extensive experience helping patients with many types of work-related lung disease. We provide accurate, largely non-invasive diagnosis of occupational lung disease, as well as treatment and screening for patients to help them stay healthy.

What Are Occupational Lung Diseases?

Occupational lung diseases are caused by repeated exposure to  certain toxins. These toxins include asbestos, silica dust, smoke, fumes, gases and other particles. The severity of the disease is related to the toxin inhaled as well as the intensity and duration of the exposure.

Many toxins found in the workplace can cause disease by irritating the lining in your lungs. Although there is no cure for occupational lung disease, treatment can help reduce your symptoms, prevent further damage to your lungs and improve your quality of life.

Accurate Diagnosis Is Key

Too often, occupational lung disease is misdiagnosed as a different lung disease, resulting in ineffective treatment, health risks and stress for patients. Our specialists are passionate about helping patients to live healthier lives by providing accurate diagnoses of the various types of occupational lung disease.

Once diagnosed, most patients undergo regular lung function testing and lung cancer screening to ensure that any worsening or complication of the condition is recognized and treated early.

Ready for an Appointment?

To schedule an appointment with a lung specialist, call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) or request an appointment online.