An HSE report updating the estimates of occupational cancer burden in the UK has been published. Estimates were made for 2005 mortality and 2004 cancer incidence for occupational exposure to agents classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans) or Group 2A (probably carcinogenic to humans). Based on these figures, the proportion of cancer deaths attributed to occupational carcinogen exposure was calculated to be 8.2% for men and 2.3% for women. Mesothelioma, sinonasal and lung cancers were the most important cancer sites in both sexes, followed by bladder and non-melanoma skin cancer in men and by breast and nasopharyngeal cancers in women. Additional reports giving more details of the source data for the different cancer sites, cancer burden calculations, and statistical methodology are expected to be made available on the HSE website during 2010.

[UK Health and Safety Executive. The burden of occupational cancer in Great Britain. Overview report. Research Report RR800, April 2010. Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr800.pdf on the HSE website.] {185115}

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