This study estimated the number of current cancer cases diagnosed each year in Canada that are due to occupational exposures.
Our results show that in 2011, approximately 3.9-4.2% of all new cancer cases were due to occupational exposure, corresponding to between 9,700 and 10,400 new cases.
The majority of these cases were due to solar radiation, asbestos, diesel engine exhaust, crystalline silica, and shiftwork. The cancer types with the greatest number of cases were non-melanoma skin, lung, female breast, mesothelioma, and bladder.
Not all burden estimates are shown. Table shows estimates for nine key exposures in Canadian workplaces.*Estimated by CAREX Canada.
†Based on 2011 cancer statistics.