OCRC launches occupational burden of disease study, applies CAREX
November 14, 2012 (Toronto, ON) - A cross-Canada team of researchers coordinated through the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) is applying CAREX data to assess the impact of cancer-causing agents in Canadian workplaces. This four-year national study, the first of its kind in Canada, will estimate the number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths that can be attributed to workplace exposure to 44 known or suspected carcinogens. These include metals and industrial chemicals, as well as factors like shiftwork, sunlight and fumes from paint and diesel. The estimates will help to determine the cost of work-related cancers on the country. Broken down by gender, industry, sector and province, the results will take into account direct costs such as medical care and indirect costs such as time off work.
"At the end of the study we will have solid data which will ultimately help guide policy makers and industry leaders to decide where to change, strengthen or enforce regulations on workplace exposures in order to help prevent workplace-related cancers," explains Dr. Paul Demers, scientific director of CAREX Canada and director of the OCRC. The study, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and done in collaboration with its Ontario Division, will follow the approach taken in a similar study out of the United Kingdom.
To view a full description of this new project, visit the OCRC website.
Updates on this project, including the approach and preliminary results, can be found here.
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