Work and environment

Our environment contains various chemicals and other factors that can increase the risk of cancer. These compounds may be natural, such as radon and solar radiation, or man-made, such as some industrial compounds. We cannot always influence what substances we are exposed to.

Also, we may be exposed in some jobs to carcinogens or, for example, radiation. The most common workplace exposures are to solar radiation, radon, wood dust, asbestos and benzene.

The most common work-related cancer in Finland is mesothelioma (pleural cancer or lung cancer) resulting from handling asbestos and breathing asbestos dust. Other work-related cancers include bladder cancer, leukaemia, liver angiosarcoma, or cancer of the blood vessels of the liver, and skin cancer.