Cancer kills around 1.2 million people each year in the European Union. Between
65 000 and 100 000 of these deaths are believed to be directly caused by
working conditions. Others are the result of environmental exposures which, in
many cases, are themselves related to firms' business activities.
The main obstacle to preventing work-related cancers is lack of control over
working conditions by the workers themselves. The current level of scientific
knowledge and the existence of alternative technologies make much more
effective prevention possible.
A new brochure from the European Trade Union institute takes a look at the
history and causes of work-induced cancers and provides information about tools
for collective prevention. It is aimed at trade unionists, scientists, public
health practitioners and policy-makers.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Trade Union Institute