Breast Cancer Linked to Workers' Exposure at Semiconductor Factory

Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law.

A semiconductor plant worker, who had been exposed to solvents and radiation while working 5 years at a semiconductor factory in South Korea has been held to have suffered an compensable disease related to her exposure at work. The 36 year old women was employed between 1995 and 2000 at plant. Three years after contracting breast cancer she died. Workers’ Compensation benefits were awarded.

Recent studies have associated exposure to solvents as an increased risk factor for breast cancer. 

“Endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens, some of which may not yet have been classified as such, are present in many occupational environments and could increase breast cancer risk. Prior research has identified associations with breast cancer and work in agricultural and industrial settings. The purpose of this study was to further characterize possible links between breast cancer risk and occupation, particularly in farming and manufacturing, as well as to examine the impacts of early agricultural exposures, and exposure effects that are specific to the endocrine receptor status of tumours.”

Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case–control study
Environmental Health 2012, 11:87 doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-87 Published: 19 November 2012