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Pneumologie. 2016 Aug;70(8):510-3. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-105271. Epub 2016 Aug 11.

[Lung Cancer as an Occupational Disease].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Arbeitsmedizin, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Institut und Poliklinik für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.


Lung cancer is one of the most frequently encountered cancer types. According to the latest WHO data, about 10 % of this disease are due to occupational exposure to cancerogens. Asbestos is still the number one carcinogen. Further frequent causes include quarz and ionizing radiation (uranium mining). Probable causes of the disease can be identified only with the help of detailed occupational history taken by a medical specialist and qualified exposure assessment. Without clarifying the cause of the disease, there is neither a correct insurance procedure nor compensation for the victim, and furthermore, required preventive measures cannot be initiated.

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