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Work cancer 'underestimated'

10th October 2007

New research has suggested that the Government is seriously underestimating the risk of contracting cancer at work.

The team based at Stirling University says the annual death toll from occupational cancer may be as high as 24,000, a figure that is four times the national estimate. For the last 25 years the occupational health watchdog the Health and Safety Executive has estimated that only 4% of cancers are work-related but the authors of the new study say that fails to take account of new chemicals, new under-regulated industries and the number of women in work.


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