Scientists Have Found The Effect Of Silica On The Lungs – Part 1 of 2
Scientists Have Found The Effect Of Silica On The Lungs. More power is needed to reduce illness and death among the millions of Americans exposed to silica dust at work, according to a creative report Dec, 2013. It has long been known that silica – a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay – causes the lung bug silicosis, and evidence has mounted in recent decades that silica causes lung cancer, said report co-author Kyle Steenland, of the School of Public Health at Emory University. “Current regulations have actually reduced silicosis death rates in the United States, but new cases of silicosis continue to be diagnosed”.
Recommended measures include stronger regulations, increased awareness and prevention, and greater notice to early detection of silicosis and lung cancer using low-dose CT scanning, the researchers said in the current issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. “While the lung cancer imperil associated with silica exposure is not as large as some other lung carcinogens, like smoking or asbestos exposure, there is strong and consistent evidence that silica communication increases lung cancer risk,” Steenland said in a journal news release.