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Occupational cancer is caused by prolonged exposure to substances called carcinogens, in the workplace.

Statistics suggest that thousands of people die each year from cancer due to occupational causes and it is estimated that it is a leading cause of work-related deaths. In the UK alone, 5.3% of cancer deaths for one year were attributed to occupational exposure. That is 40 times more than deaths caused by workplace accidents. 

In some cases, there are usually a number of years between the exposure and the onset of cancer symptoms and therefore you may not realise that it is exposure that took place years or even decades earlier that has led to your condition. The most common types of occupational cancer are liver, lung or skin cancer. 

Carcinogens can take a number of forms and include solids, liquids, vapours, gases and dusts. Workers can be infected when the carcinogens are either breathed in or absorbed through the skin or even swallowed. 

Employers are under a duty to control carcinogens and protect their employees from risks associated with them under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. Simple and cost effective steps can be taken by providing employees with personal protective equipment and adequate training.

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The following substances have been linked to occupational cancers:-

If you or your loved one is suffering with cancer and you think that it may be linked with occupational exposure to carcinogens, call us now on 0800 904 7777 for a free consultation to discuss your occupation and whether you may be able to make a claim for compensation. 

  • Asbestos Fibres
  • Wood Dusts
  • UV Radiation
  • Silica Dust
  • Diesel Engine Exhausts
  • Coal Tars/Fumes
  • Dioxins
  • Arsenic
  • Painting fumes
  • Benzene & Other Solvents
  • Ceramic Fibres
  • Dyes
  • Acrylamide
  • Radiation 

The following professions are associated as being more likely to have been exposed to carcinogens during the course of employment :-

  • Miners
  • Painters
  • Welders
  • Asbestos Industry Workers
  • Hairdressers/Barbers
  • Mechanics
  • Textile Industry Workers
  • Rubber Production
  • Foundry Workers
  • Metal Workers
  • Aircraft industries
  • Aluminium Production
  • Battery Production Workers
  • Dock Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Chemical Industries
  • Coke Production
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Wool Fibre Production
  • Steel Workers
  • Furnace Insulators
  • Construction, Insulation & Maintenance Workers
  • Dyes & Pigments Production
  • Petroleum Industries
  • Offshore Waste Management
  • Nuclear Industries Clean Up Workers
  • Wood Manufacturing
  • Radiologists

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