Only a fraction of occupational cancers being identified

A new study, published in September in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology (Open Access) shows that, in most countries, the numbers of work-related cancers identified are much lower than are the estimated total burden of cancer attributal to work-related causes. The paper finds that even in countries using a number of the available methods for identification, only a limited fraction of the real number of work-related cancers are reported. The study recommends that clinicians familiarize themselves with the methods of identifying occupational cancers and strive to prevent them.


Source : Sverre Langard and Lukas Jyuhn-Hsiarn Lee. Methods to recognize work-related cancer in workplaces, the general population, and by experts in the clinic, a Norwegian experience. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2011, 6:24.

http://www.occup-med.com/content/pdf/1745-6673-6-24.pdf

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