CAREX hosts Burden of Occupational Cancer Symposium in BC
March 31, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) - In late March we gathered occupational disease stakeholders in BC, the Yukon, and Alberta to share and discuss results from the Burden of Occupational Cancer project, a four-year study led by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), in close collaboration with CAREX Canada. The project is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society's Research Institute.
At the event, attendees gained a better understanding of the number of cancers associated with carcinogenic exposures in Canadian workplaces, and the economic costs associated with those cancers. The agenda for the focused on the burden of four priority exposures: silica dust, diesel engine exhaust, asbestos, and solar radiation. Although the results were preliminary at the time of the Symposium (many are currently under review and submitted for peer-review publication), they sparked an engaging discussion among attendees on the ways that these results can be applied in efforts to prevent occupational cancer.
An event report is available to download: Burden of Occupational Cancer Symposium - Final Report.
A series of fact sheets developed for the Symposium is available below. A similar event took place in Toronto in November with Ontario stakeholders; a report from that event is available here.