Work related cancer

Occupational cancer is caused by exposure to a cancer-causing agent known as carcinogen. Sadly, thousands of people die each year from cancer due to occupational causes.

The Health and Safety Executive say that 5% of cancer deaths are caused by working environments with the construction industry having the largest number of occupational cancer cases. Estimates suggest in the construction industry alone, there are 3,500 cancer deaths and 5,500 new cancer registrations each year.

Occupational cancer can arise from exposure to certain cancer-causing agents, including:

  • Asbestos fibres
  • Wood dusts
  • UV radiation
  • Metalworking fluids and mineral oils
  • Silica dust
  • Diesel engine exhaust
  • Coal tars and pitches
  • Arsenic
  • Dioxins
  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Naturally occurring radon
  • Tetrachloroethylene


Types of occupational cancers

While this is not an exhaustive list, there are a wide range of cancers associated with occupational exposure including bladder cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, throat/laryngeal cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, nasal and sinus cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer and mesothelioma.

How to claim compensation

We understand how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be for an individual and their family but if you have developed cancer as a result of your working conditions, our specialist industrial disease team can help.

If you or a loved one has been affected by industrial cancer, speak to one of our experts today who’ll talk you through the process of making a compensation claim on a no win, no fee basis. Call 0808 274 6197.

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