Thousands made aware of how to tackle work-related lung cancer

IOSH members, businesses and individuals supported World Lung Cancer Day on 01 August to raise awareness of how to prevent lung cancer caused by work, through IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign.

It’s estimated that lung cancer accounts for nearly one in five cancer deaths globally. Lung cancer is also one of the most common work-related cancers, caused by exposure to dangerous carcinogens such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel fumes.

World Lung Cancer Day aimed to create an educational movement of understanding lung cancer risks as well as early treatment around the world.

Ahead of the day, IOSH President Dr Andrew Sharman said: “World Lung Cancer Day is aimed at raising awareness of lung cancer and its global impact, so there’s no better time to take action to reduce the risks in the workplace.

“It is crucial that employers protect their staff from carcinogens like asbestos, diesel fumes and silica dust.

“By taking some simple steps, they can save lives and livelihoods.”

IOSH encouraged everyone to get involved by visiting the No Time to Lose campaign’s World Lung Cancer Day webpage, where they could download and distribute free resources to manage dangerous carcinogens at work, share on social media, and more.

The campaign achieved fantastic results including reaching an audience of 377,000 on social media. The No Time to Lose campaign website had more than 1,700-page views, and over 500 resources were downloaded.

Andrew said: “I’d like to thank everyone for joining us on World Lung Cancer Day to help raise awareness of how work-related lung cancer can be prevented.

“I’d also like to encourage everyone to support our No Time to Lose campaign and make a pledge to manage carcinogens in the workplace. If we all do our bit, we can beat occupational cancer.”

Dr Lesley Rushton, Emeritus Reader in Occupational Epidemiology at Imperial College London, also shared insights into her study on occupational cancer in Britain, which forecasts how many cancers would occur in the future if nothing changed.

Find out how you can support IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign.