6 Pulmonary Fibrosis Risk Factors
Although pulmonary fibrosis (PF) can strike without any known cause (known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) there are factors that can increase your risk of contracting the chronic lung disease. We’ve compiled a list of six risk factors for pulmonary fibrosis based on information from the Mayo Clinic.
Typically pulmonary fibrosis strikes people of middle-age and older, however there are many cases of infants, older children and young adults having the disease.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis occurs more in men than women. Men also tend to be diagnosed at a later stage according to WebMD.
Smoking or a history of smoking will increase your risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis. Patients who have emphysema are also more likely to contract the disease.
Working in industries such as farming, construction, and mining where fine molecules of dust, dirt or chemicals may be inhaled will also increase your risk of getting pulmonary hypertension.
Cancer treatments such as radiation therapy to the chest area and some types of chemotherapy drugs have been found to increase pulmonary fibrosis risk.
There are types of pulmonary fibrosis which can run in families, so researchers are looking into genetic links.
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