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Many occupational cancers affect the respiratory organs, the skin or the liver. Development of the disease is influenced by a combination of factors including personal habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption, genetics, personal characteristics such as sex, ethnicity or age, exposure to carcinogens in the environment and so on.
Sadly many thousands of people are diagnosed with a cancer due to their job each year. It is estimated that occupational cancers are a leading cause of work-related death worldwide. Asbestos related diseases alone account for at least 100,000 deaths worldwide each year.
In the United Kingdom, there are now more than two million people living with cancer and it is estimated that over 700,000 are of working age. According to a study in Great Britain over one year, 5.3% (8,010) cancer deaths were attributable to occupational exposure - almost 40 times more fatalities than are due to workplace accidents.
Cancers associated with occupational exposure include:
If you are in any way concerned about symptoms you should seek advice from your GP.
Shoosmiths has approachable, expert and experienced lawyers dedicated to helping those affected by industrial diseases in general and occupational cancer in particular.Why Shoosmiths