Job-Related Pulmonary Fibrosis (suspected or confirmed)
Hello Forum Members,
Have any of you been told that it is likely your IPF/PF diagnosis was due to the work environment/career that you were part of for many years? I know it is hard, sometimes impossible, for physicians to say with certainty that PF is linked to a specific cause, especially something like an employment environment, but for some this has happened. As an example, I know of someone who is a firefighter and his doctor shared with him that without a doubt his PF was caused by his career. Perhaps there is room to debate this, I’m not sure, but this is what the doctor has said. I am asking this after the following article recently surfaced online: https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinekee/cluster-dentists-lung-disease-mystery-deaths?utm_term=.aqmOERqkaZ#.yn91xz4BWZ
as I have been thinking about other careers where exposure to harmful toxins could result in a lung disease, such as PF. I sincerely hope that employers enforce the proper precautions for their staff so they are never faced with a diagnosis of PF, that is even suspicious of being linked to their career.
Would appreciate any/all thoughts.
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