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Occupational Cancer

8,000
deaths per year

13,500
cancer registrations per year

Estimated occupational cancer deaths by cause in Great Britain, 2005

Estimated occupational cancer deaths by cause in Great Britain, 2005

These are based on many assumptions and subject to considerable uncertainty. Both known and probable occupational carcinogens have been included in the estimates

Many work and non-work related factors can cause cancer. Furthermore, cancer cases often present themselves many years after the relevant exposure took place. Therefore, it is usually difficult to know whether workplace exposures have caused particular cases of cancer. However, it is possible to estimate in a large population the approximate number of cancer cases that could be due to work, in other words, would not have occurred in the absence of workplace exposure.

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Updated 2017-10-27