New report on data priorities and recommendations released
August 7, 2013 (Victoria, BC) - Our environmental exposures team has released a new report outlining important data gaps identified in efforts to estimate the number of Canadians exposed to substances associated with cancer in community environments.
The new report, “Indicators of exposure to known and suspected carcinogens in the environment: Data priorities and recommendations”, is one of many CAREX resources designed to support actions towards reducing or eliminating Canadians’ exposure to known and suspected carcinogens. It stems from a review of the data we found and used to calculate lifetime excess cancer risk based on current measured levels for 33 substances known or suspected to cause cancer across five exposure pathways (outdoor air, indoor air, indoor dust, drinking water, and foods/beverages). Lifetime excess cancer risk indicates the maximum number of additional cases of cancer would be expected to occur in a group of people if they are all exposed to a specific known or suspected carcinogen throughout their entire life.
For each substance and exposure pathway reviewed, our team assessed national priorities for specific data gaps. These data gaps were categorized by CAREX staff as high, moderate or low using the following framework:
Examples of high priority data gaps include:
For more information about these and the other gaps identified in the report, as well as recommendations for addressing them, please download your copy for viewing here. To view other CAREX reports, visit our reports page. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.