The World Conference on Lung Cancer is held from 9-12 September 2023 in Singapore.
The conference will be attended by lung cancer professionals from around the world and provides a platform to share the most up-to-date research, practices, and advancements in lung cancer.
This is a timely reminder of the important role health practitioners can play in identifying work-related causes of lung cancer and obtaining the information needed from their patients to assist in identifying potential compensation entitlements.
Lung cancer is a malignant tumour in the tissue of one or both lungs. A tumour may be found in the bronchi or in the spongy lung tissue. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in Australia and significantly impacts a person’s quality of life.
A recent study has suggested that 10-30% of lung cancer is caused by hazardous occupational exposures (reference Hoy & Brims).
Asbestos is a natural mineral fibre that was widely used in building products and heat-resistant fabrics in Australia until about 1985. It was used in almost every house built in Australia after the Second World War and was commonly used to line bathrooms and kitchens, as well as for eaves or cladding.
Builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers, mechanics, dock workers, asbestos insulation workers and firefighters were often exposed to asbestos dust and fibres in the course of their work.
Silica dust is created when a material containing crystalline silica is cut, drilled or ground. The dust particles are small and difficult to see. Silica is found in common materials like natural stone, sand, concrete and mortar. These materials are used to make composite or engineered stone for benchtops, and can also be found in tiles, bricks and some plastics.
Exposure to silica dust occurs most often in workplaces, including:
Welding fumes were reclassified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2017. Australia’s current workplace exposure standard for welding fumes is 5mg/m3.
The World Health Organisation recently reported that workers exposed to welding fumes have a 48% higher risk of developing lung cancer.
Fitters, welders, and boilermakers are commonly most at risk of welding fume exposure.
We have recently created the National Welding Fumes Exposure Register with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union. Workers who have been exposed to welding fumes can record their information on the register. If they develop an illness or disease that is associated with welding fume exposure, this information can be used in support of a potential compensation claim.
Questions we commonly get asked about eligibility for occupational lung cancer compensation include:
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