The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization issued a press release reclassifying diesel exhaust as a Group 1 Carcinogen, meaning that there is sufficient evidence that diesel exhaust causes cancer in humans. Previously, the group had diesel exhaust classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The group also found that there is sufficient evidence that diesel exhaust causes lung cancer, and that diesel exhaust is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
The Agency also specifically referenced diesel trains in the press release as a source of this carcinogenic exposure and a threat to public health.
If you or a loved one are a railroad worker with exposure to diesel fume exhaust who has been diagnosed with cancer, contact our office for more information about your rights under the FELA. It does not matter if you or your loved one have been retired from the railroad for many years, as there can be a long period of time between exposure to diesel exhaust and when cancer actually develops.