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Faculty from the UIC MinER Center and other institutions have led efforts in the US and globally that educate occupational, pulmonary, and radiology physicians to better-recognize lung diseases caused by respirable dust produced in mining. We have also developed programs that focus on diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for workers affected by these diseases.


Miners are at increased risk for several illnesses due to their occupational exposures.

  • Pneumoconiosis (Black Lung)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Silicosis
  • Hearing Loss


Detection of these illnesses can be done through regular screening for early diagnosis and treatment to improve quality of life.

What does screening include?

  • Physical Examination
  • Medical History Interview
  • Occupational History Interview
  • Spirometry
  • Arterial Blood Gas Testing
  • Chest X-ray