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The burden of cancer at work: estimation as the first step to prevention

By L. Rushton, S. Hutchings and T. P. Brown


Objectives: Work-related cancers are largely preventa¬ble. The overall aim of this project is to estimate the current burden of cancer in Great Britain attributable to occupational factors, and identify carcinogenic agents, industries and occupations for targeting risk prevention. Methods: Attributable fractions and numbers were estimated for mortality and incidence for bladder, lung, non-melanoma skin, and sinonasal cancers, leukaemia and mesothelioma for agents and occupations classified as International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Group 1 and 2A carcinogens with “strong” or “sugges¬tive” evidence for carcinogenicity at the specific cancer site in humans. Risk estimates were obtained from published literature and national data sources used for estimating proportio

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1136/oem.2007.037002
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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