Cancer

Work-related cancer update

Work-related cancer update –  summary of a discussion at a WMHT public meeting, led by Hillary Cross, industrial toxicologist

Background explanation

Some technical titles

Carcinogen: name for any substance which causes cancer, many of which are found at work.

Mutagen: changes genetic structure (most mutagens cause cancer). They pose a risk to the reproductive system and hence also to future generations.

Occupational cancers

A worldwide epidemic of occupational cancer is claiming at least one life every 52 seconds, but this tragedy is being ignored by both official regulators and employers. These deaths are not just statistics, they are stories of pain, hardship and bereavement. 

The HSE have important information about occupational cancer, official relevant standards, guidance on what to do and official statistics.  

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