Hazards Campaign Group Latest Virtual Meeting On Breast Cancer And Risk On Leaving The EU
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and every year thousands of people don pink outfits and collect money for a variety of breast cancer charities.
Beverley Kenyon, CWU BFS Union Health and Safety Rep, attended a remote Hazzards meeting to discuss Breast Cancer:
Over 35,000 women and men, a higher percentage of women get secondary breast cancer, and 85 men die per year, 3 people die of it each day; and it's the most common form of cancer that the under 50’s die from. Sad facts in this day and age.
Cancer is a social justice and human rights issue and an indication of the state of the environment we work and live in.
What causes breast cancer?
This may be true but 5-10% of cases are only genetics, whilst 70-90% are linked to the environment.
Just think about the risk factors for a minute!
Women have a higher risk rate due to hormonal changes, having more fat tissues, being smaller than men and a different immune system. Occupational cancer can develope during pregnancy.
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) men and women need more education and research because some the hair products they use give them a higher risk factor.
Greater business profit can be made in safe working environments. Meanwhile, the HSE are ignoring Health and Safety when it comes to long term health issues and does not enforce on prevention or enforce the control of COSHH regs.
The list is endless.
A link to the recording of the event can be found at here
Jane McArthur - Work and Prevention SSHRC, University of Windsor, Canada