There are many questions about the occupational diseases that can harm Arizona's workers. Unfortunately, individuals can be exposed to a variety of dangers, many times without even knowing it. Occupational diseases typically develop dependent upon what a worker is exposed to. Perhaps most terrifying is that these diseases can be present anywhere, from construction sites to regular offices. Occupational cancer is one of the worst diseases that can be contracted, and often occurs when a worker is exposed to carcinogens.
Occupational cancer, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a type of cancer that is caused partly or wholly by being exposed to a carcinogen at work. This can fall into a wide range of cancer types, but millions of people in the workplace are exposed to chemicals and elements that have been linked to cancer in animal testing. The CDC estimates that around four to 10% of cancers in the United States are occupational in nature.