What is occupational cancer?

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2014 | Workers' Compensation

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.

If someone has an occupational disease, they need to seek immediate treatment. Medical care may put someone out of work for a significant amount of time while they are fighting a disease, but it could give them a chance at surviving the ordeal. However, caring for a serious illness can be quite expensive, which can throw a worker into desperation at a time when he or she needs all of his or her effort to fight the disease. Therefore, it is important to seek out all benefits available through the workers’ compensation system, so that medical bills can be covered.

Finding help in the challenging fight against an occupational disease like cancer is important. Proper medical support and financial compensation structures can make the road to recovery easier. However, as every case is different, this post should not be considered legal advice as it is not intended as specific guidelines.

Source: CDC, “OCCUPATIONAL CANCER,” Accessed on Sept. 28, 2014