Work-related cancer uncompensated

MORE than 90% of the 5000 annual new cancer cases presumed to be work-related go uncompensated, according to a Cancer Council Australia report.

When GPs see patients with cancers including skin, lung (particularly in non-smokers) and nasopharyngeal malignancies, a possible occupational link should be raised, says Professor Terry Slevin, chair of the council’s occupational and environmental cancer committee.

Occupational cancers are “still very much a drop in the bucket” when it comes to workers’ compensation, Professor Slevin said, as they account for less than 1% of payouts.