Beryllium is used primarily in the medical, aerospace, electronics, telecommunications, and defense industries as an alloy in metal, usually copper. Workers in these industries may become exposed to beryllium through inhalation of airborne particles or direct skin contact, which can cause an immune response leading to beryllium sensitization. Those who become sensitized are at risk of developing chronic beryllium disease (CBD) or berylliosis, a debilitating lung disease, as well as other adverse health effects, including lung cancer.

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