Occupational Lung Cancer

Last Updated: April 27, 2018

Definition - What does Occupational Lung Cancer mean?

Occupational lung cancer refers to the development of malignant lung tissue due to exposure to certain workplace carcinogens including asbestos, radon, diesel exhaust, and silica particles. Many jobs require handling toxic and noxious chemicals, all of which emit airborne fumes and/or odors that pose serious detrimental effects to healthy lungs, and can encourage cancerous formation with prolonged exposure.

WorkplaceTesting explains Occupational Lung Cancer

Occupational lung cancer refers to a malignant growth of the lungs caused by direct or indirect exposure to specific carcinogens within the workplace. Employees can be stricken by lung cancer, depending on the circumstantial requirements of their job, from a variety of environmental hazards and risks associated to contact and duration of exposure to poisonous substances. However, occupational lung cancer can be either prevented, or at least, mitigated by adopting precautionary measures such as wearing gloves and a mask and having a quality ventilation unit to disperse airborne fumes and residual odors.

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