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10 facts on environmental and occupational health and cancer

Mechanic working in contact with asbestos falling from the ceiling of his garage

Occupational lung carcinogens caused 111 000 cancer deaths in 2004.

Selected occupational lung carcinogens, such as beryllium and silica, were estimated to cause 111 000 lung cancer deaths in 2004, while asbestos caused 59 000 deaths (from mesothelioma).

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