5,000 cases of cancer a year linked to the workplace

Thousands of Australians could be exposed to cancer risks in their workplace, Cancer Council has warned.

According to the latest data, about 5000 cases of cancer nationally every year are linked to workplace carcinogens, with an estimated 3.6 million Australians exposed to cancer-causing agents at work.

Farmers, drivers, miners and transport workers at highest risk, prompting Cancer Council to release new resources to help Australians reduce their risks of cancer at work.


Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan called for increased cancer awareness in the workplace. “Many cases of workplace-related cancers are caused by of common carcinogens such as ultraviolet radiation, diesel engine exhaust, environmental tobacco smoke, and benzene. The most common workplace-related cancers in Australia include mesothelioma, bronchus and lung cancer, nose and nasal sinus cancer, leukaemia and cervical cancer,” she said.

“Putting in place control measures for carcinogenic hazards is the only way to reduce cancer risk at work. Employers and employees must be informed, and always follow the outlined safe work practices at their workplace to reduce their risk.”

Cancer Council has today launched Occupational Cancer Risk factsheets focused on various occupational carcinogens, designed for both employers and employees. The factsheets provide vital information about workplace cancer risks, how Queenslanders can control them, legal obligations, and where Queenslanders can go for more information.

For more information or to find out more about the Occupational Cancer Risk factsheets, visit: cancerqld.org.au

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