The TUC have prepared a guide called Occupational Cancer – A Workplace Guide which explains more about the HSE figures and highlights the importance of preventing workplace cancers.

Preventing workplace cancers

Trade Unions continue to campaign to have carcinogens (substances known to cause cancer) removed from all workplaces and over the years have had a number of successes.

For example asbestos, which kills up to 4,000 people a year, was banned from use in the UK in the 1980’s. Unfortunately though as the average interval between inhaling asbestos fibres and the onset of symptoms is around 35 years and can be as long as 50 years or more, there are still many people yet to develop an asbestos related illness who were exposed to asbestos at work before the ban came into place.

More information about workplace cancers and carcinogens in the workplace can be found on Thompsons’ Workplace Cancer Compensation Claim Advice Information Page.