Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis-Related Years of Potential Life Lost Before Age 65 Years -- United States, 1968-2006

December 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;12/25/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 50, p1412
The article describes the impact of premature mortality attributed to coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) in the U.S. from 1968 to 2006. CWP is a parenchymal lung disease attributed to the inhalation and deposition of coal mine dust in the lungs. The progression of CWP is associated with the amount of respirable coal dust to which miners were exposed during their working lifetime. CWP was identified as the underlying cause of death for 28,912 decedents aged not more than 25 years. Years of potential life lost before age 65 (YPLL) are also examined.


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