Occupation and Cancer Risk
Unfortunately, it is not always easy to establish a link between occupation and cancer risk. A small percentage of chemicals used in commerce have been tested for their potential to cause cancer. It is estimated that between 4%-10% of cancers in the United States are caused by occupational exposure. But, the risk of developing cancer is influenced by a number of factors that are not clearly understood. Read on to find out more.
According to the National Institute for Occupation Health and Safety (NIOSH), a person’s risk for developing cancer may be influenced by a combination of the following factors:
- Personal characteristics (eg, age, sex, race)
- Family history of cancer
- Lifestyle factors and personal habits (eg, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption)
- Certain medical conditions
- Exposure to cancer-causing agents in the environment
- Exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace
These factors may act together or in sequence to cause cancer.
Last reviewedJune 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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