You’ve probably heard of bladder cancer - it is the 4th most common form of cancer in men in the world. It usually begins with urothelial cells inside the lining of the bladder mutating to form a cancerous tumour. Unfortunately, the five-year survival rate for bladder cancer in Australia is about 55%. What you may not know is that about 10% of bladder cancers are the result of prolonged occupational exposure to carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances in the workplace.
It is widely accepted that smoking is the leading cause of bladder cancer accounting for about half of diagnoses being attributed to a history of smoking. While smoking rates have continued to decline, since the mid-2000s, there has been a steady rise in the number of diagnosed bladder cancer cases in Australia, suggesting new and different causes are driving the increased numbers: workplace exposure to dangreous carcinogens.
Some of the carcinogens that are linked to the development of bladder cancer are:
These chemicals are most often found in industries such as:
Generally, there is a long delay between exposure to carcinogenic substances such as paints or dyes and the development of occupational bladder cancer, taking in general at least 15-20 years. This can make diagnosing the cause of the cancer difficult in situations where the patient has a long and varied work history. If you have an exposure from several decades ago, it may still have contributed to your diagnosis.
It's best to seek legal advice to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation for occupational bladder cancer and what options are available to you. It’s important to let your doctor know your work history when you’re diagnosed, as it could be a contributing factor.
The type of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the period of your employment, and exposure to carcinogenic substances. It may include weekly payments, or a lump sum for medical expenses.
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