FRANCE: The situations and sectors most affected by occupational cancers

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In early June, ANSES for the first time presented a complete review of cancers related to situations of occupational exposure in order to identify the sectors of activity and the situations most at risk, for the purpose of prevention.

The findings presented show that asbestos is the suspected culprit in 42% of cases of work-related cancers examined, far ahead of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are suspected in 6.5% of cases.

These work-related cancers mostly occur in the sectors of specialized construction work (16.2%), metallurgy (6.1%), and motor car and motorcycle sales and repairs (5.2%). These cancers mostly affect people who perform skilled jobs in metallurgy, mechanical construction and similar activities (22.9%), or skilled jobs in building and similar activities (22.1%), and the operators of machines and fixed installations (7.3%).

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