One of the causes of lung cancer is exposure to coal dust. Exposure to coal dust can cause some coal mine workers to develop pneumoconiosis, or "black lung." This occurs when inhaled coal dust becomes imbedded in the lungs, causing them to harden and making breathing difficult.
It is estimated that this disease affects 2.8 percent of coal miners. About 0.2 percent of coal workers have scarring on the lungs, the most severe form of the disease. Each year, close to 400 people die from black lung disease.
If you are or have been a coal worker, and have been diagnosed with a form of cancer caused by coal dust, you may have a legal right to seek compensation. That determination can only be made after a careful consultation with an attorney.
Other causes of lung cancer: