Today, Tuesday 1st August, is dedicated to World Lung Cancer Day. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, in fact, around 44,500 people are diagnosed every year in the UK with this condition.
Stopping smoking is one of the best ways to prevent lung cancer, after 10 years of not smoking, your chances of developing lung cancer decreases to half compared to someone who smokes. Although people who have never smoked can still develop lung cancer, smoking accounts for over 85% of cases.
You can also be exposed to certain chemicals and substances at work which are linked to increasing your risk of developing lung cancer. Silica, nickel, arsenic to name a few. Asbestos is also one to look out for, these fibres cling to the respiratory system, including the lining of the lungs and inner cavity tissue.
When asbestos containing materials are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air, these minute fibres can be breathed in and cause Mesothelioma which is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that mainly affects the lining of the lungs.
20 tradespeople die each week due to asbestos exposure, including eight joiners, six electricians and four plumbers. These frightening figures show how important it is that companies train their employees to be aware of asbestos, and the dangers that come from exposure to airborne asbestos fibres.
THSP Risk Management are currently offering UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training for FREE!
Join us to help spread the awareness of lung cancer #WorldLungCancerDay