IOSH’s support for World Cancer Day reaches thousands on social media

Worldwide, more than 450,000 people were made aware of occupational cancer on social media on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2021.

Around the world, one person dies from an occupational cancer every 43 seconds. These deaths can all be prevented. IOSH supported World Cancer Day by encouraging members, businesses and individuals to raise awareness of occupational cancer and how to prevent it by downloading and sharing the free resources from its No Time to Lose campaign.

On the day, IOSH Vice-President Neil Catton shared his personal experience to highlight the impact of workplace cancer on family life. In his video, he tells the story of his father, George Catton, who died from occupational cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and solar radiation when he worked as a builder and carpenter.

He sent a simple but powerful and heartfelt message to employers: “Look after your people, don’t damage their health through work.” And to all workers: “Please do protect your health. You don’t know what you’re storing up in the long term and it will catch up with you.”

IOSH also reminded businesses not to lose sight of carcinogens while concentrating on risks associated with Covid-19 and shared its webinar recording – ‘Managing the risks of workplace carcinogens: what your organisation needs to do now.

IOSH’s support for World Cancer Day was incredibly successful as it reached an audience of more than 450,000 on social media. Our posts were shared more than 200 times and had around 500 likes.

World Cancer Day is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the largest and oldest international cancer organisation dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden.

This was the ultimate year of the ‘I Am And I Will’ campaign, which was all about your story and your commitment to act. The campaign highlighted that our actions have an impact on everyone around us and when we choose to come together, we can achieve what we all wish for: a healthier, brighter world without cancer.

To find out more about IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign and to get free resources to tackle occupational cancer, visit www.notimetolose.org.uk.