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3(36) 2013

Varyvonchyk D. V., Shevchenko V. L.


SI «Institute for Occupational Health of NAMS of Ukraine», Kiev

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Systemic studies on the assessment of the cancer hazard for workers of the health care system have not been conducted by the present time, no factors and risks of cancer morbidity in workers are defined and there are not available scientifically grounded measures on prevention of such work-related pathology. So, the above-mentioned reasons point to the actuality of the present study.

Purpose. Аnalysis of modern scientific data on the cancer hazard and morbidity of workers, engaged in the health care system.

Materials. A systemic examination of the scientific data concerning the assessment of the exposure of health workers to cancer factors at workplace and their part in the etiology of developing work-related malignant neoplasms has been conducted. The selection of the scientific information was made with the use of the scientific sources: «PubMed» database, abstract database «Dzherelo», electronic library of the Russian Federation «eLIBRARY», the search system «Google Scholar», databases of the WHO and IARC.

Results. The results of the studies point to the presence of the effect of a great number of chemical, physical, biological factors of the work environment on medical workers, presenting a cancer hazard for this economic activity, being a cause of development of work-related cancer pathology. The above-mentioned requires identification of the cancer hazard for different specialized services of the health care system, which will make it possible to elaborate purposeful and differentiated measures of preventing development of work-related cancer pathology in medical workers of this branch of economic activity as far as to the stage of the cancer risk determination. This will be a direction of further studies.

Keywords: health care system, cancer hazard, cancer morbidity, medical workers


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