Silicosis-Related Years of Potential Life Lost Before Age 65 Years -- United States, 1968-2005

Mazurek, J. M.; Wood, J. M.
July 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;7/18/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 28, p771
The article looks at silicosis, a work-related disease caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica in industries like construction and manufacturing. Data gathered in the U.S. from 1968 to 2005 related to years of potential life lost (YPLL) due to silicosis before the age of 65 are presented. It is also inferred that there was a decline in silicosis-attributable deaths among subjects aged 45-64 due to the implementation of industrial exposure standards and regulations.


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