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HOW COMMON ARE WORK RELATED CANCERS?

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WORK RELATED CANCERS - PROBABLY MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK

 

That sounds quite scary so let's start with the good news. Work related deaths and injuries are generally decreasing year upon year due to greater awareness and legislation developments in recent years. That is fantastic. But  the ‘flip-side’ is that work related diseases are increasing. In fact for every death from work-place accidents there are around 100 deaths from work-place diseases, particularly cancers. 

 

Who is at risk from work sourced diseases?

 

In short, most people are at risk in some way from work sourced diseases. The main thing to appreciate is that some places and activities are of a much higher risk; from either likelihood or severity of what might happen. 

 

For instance, if your work takes you into the open-air, it might be skin cancers. If you work in a building which was constructed before 1999, it might be asbestos initiated cancers. Or if you work where diesel engines are common place, issues with inhaling exhausts. Other less obvious work areas might include decorating or hair-dressing. 

 

To find out more

 

If you would like to know more, IOSH have some terrific free resources, including fast facts, pocket information cards and posters which you can access at http://www.iosh.co.uk/NTTL/Home/Free-resources/Solar-pack-lite-version.aspx?sc_camp=5741BD62DA8D4A81BF6F48E1C130536A (http://www.iosh.co.uk/NTTL/Home/Free-resources/Solar-pack-lite-version.aspx?sc_camp=5741BD62DA8D4A81BF6F48E1C130536A)

 

Or you can view their latest video via the link we have provided  on this blog.

 

 

For advice or support about any health or safety subject, regardless of your work sector, please feel free to telephone us or send us an email.