IN THIS ISSUE
Spotlight on CAREX tools – New training video on eWORK available
Project news – CAREX hosts Burden of Occupational Cancer Symposium in BC
Partnership update – WHO designates “Collaborating Centre on Occupational and Environmental Cancer”
Updating resources – New profiles, CAUT package/partnership
Communications update – WHO releases report on burden of unhealthy environments
Other updates – CAREX presenting at upcoming conferences
A video tutorial is now available for eWORK, a set of tools that allow users to conduct custom queries of the CAREX results database. These tools are a repository of information about exposures to known and suspected carcinogens in workplaces. For example, a user can look up what exposures a welder might experience at work, or what exposures are most prevalent in the mining industry. This information is available at national and provincial levels in the tools, and includes both exposure level information and the sex of exposed workers. To view this tutorial on eWORK, please visit our Videos page.
In late March we gathered occupational disease stakeholders from 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 agenda focused on four priority exposures: asbestos, diesel engine exhaust, silica dust, and solar radiation. The symposium saw attendees discussing and sharing ways that the project results can support efforts to prevent occupational cancer. A series of fact sheets developed for this event is available on our Announcement page. Please stay tuned for an event report, which will be available on this page in the coming weeks.â€ƒ
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have designated the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), Cancer Care Ontario as a Collaborating Centre on Occupational and Environmental Cancer based on work with CAREX Canada. Together with OCRC, we've been helping to develop regional and national CAREX (CARcinogen EXposure) projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The result of this work will be a strengthened capacity to assess exposures in this part of the world, and ultimately to prevent them. For more information about this partnership, please visit our Announcement page.
In response to recent classifications by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), we’ve added several new profiles to our Profiles and Estimates tab. These include: 1,2-dichloropropane, a known carcinogen currently used as an industrial chemical; gasoline engine exhaust, a complex mixture of gases and particulate matter, classified as a possible carcinogen; and DDT, a probable carcinogen that has been has been restricted and banned for decades in Canada. We also updated our 2,4-D profile to reflect IARC’s recent classification of this pesticide as a possible carcinogen. In addition to profiles, we posted a new package summary on occupational exposures in universities, which we produced in partnership with the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Interested in seeing other package summaries on specific topics? Please get in touch with us.
This month we’re featuring a Carcinogens in the News story related to the global burden of disease from environmental risks.
“An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments”, World Health Organization (WHO), March 15, 2016
This new report from the WHO estimates that nearly 1 in 4 global deaths are attributable to unhealthy environments. Of these, cancers related to the environment cause approximately 1.7 million deaths annually, making them the 4th leading cause of death from the environment worldwide. This includes occupational exposures, which cause between 2% and 8% of all cancers. See the full report for more information on these estimates and for suggested measures to reduce the disease burden.
This spring and summer will see the CAREX team presenting results and sharing ideas at a number of conferences. We’re a sponsor of the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists taking place in late April in Montreal. In early June, several CAREX team members will present their work with the burden project and with knowledge translation at the IARC@50 Conference, a global gathering celebrating the 50th anniversary of IARC. We’ll also present CAREX case studies at the Knowledge Mobilization Forum, taking place in Toronto in late June. If you’re attending any of these conferences, please come by to see us.