Actualités cancérogènes

L’équipe de CAREX Canada offre deux bulletins réguliers: le bulletin électronique semestriel résumant les informations sur nos prochains webinaires, les nouvelles publications et mises à jour des estimations et des outils; et les Actualités cancérogènes mensuels, un condensé des articles de presse, des rapports gouvernementaux, et de la littérature académique relative aux substances cancériogènes que nous avons classé comme important pour la surveillance au Canada. Inscrivez-vous pour l’un de ces bulletins, ou les deux, ci-dessous.

Website launch: Ontario occupational disease statistics

Occupational Cancer Research Centre – The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) to develop an interactive website to communicate results from the Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) and other data sources on occupational disease in Ontario. Results are currently available for the construction, healthcare, metal manufacturing, mining, and transportation sectors.
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Canadian home radon exposure on the rise due to pandemic

Financial PostEvict Radon, a Canadian non-profit organization and team of university scholars dedicated to solving Canada’s large and worsening radon-gas exposure problem, has launched a new survey to understand the global pandemic’s impact on residential radon exposure. The study was developed by Evict Radon researchers Drs. Cheryl Peters and Aaron Goodarzi, and is Canada’s largest COVID-related analyses of shifting radon exposure.
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Long-term low-level ambient air pollution exposure and risk of lung cancer – A pooled analysis of 7 European cohorts

Environment International – The aim of this study was to address the relationship between long-term low-level air pollution (PM2.5) exposure and lung cancer incidence. The results show that exposure to PM2.5 was associated with higher risk of lung cancer. Long-term ambient PM2.5exposure at the residential address may contribute to lung cancer incidence even at concentrations lower than current EU limit values (25 µg/m3) and possibly WHO Air Quality Guidelines (10 µg/m3).
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What new Ontario-led research says about mesothelioma

TVO – New research suggests that older adults and women are getting mesothelioma in increasing numbers. “The really high asbestos exposures that people got in workplaces are becoming less common,” says Paul Demers, director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Ontario Health. “But lower exposures from asbestos that’s in buildings where people are living in — that’s gradually escaping into the environment — will become more important over time.”
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Screening-level assessment of cancer risk associated with ambient air exposure in Aamjiwnaang First Nation

International Journal of Environmental Health Research – The manuscript reports findings from a screening-level assessment of cancer risk from outdoor air in Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Ambient air pollution can contribute to cardiovascular/respiratory diseases, and certain types of cancer. Outdoor air concentrations were mapped and the Lifetime Excess Cancer Risks (LECR) associated with long-term exposure to known carcinogens were estimated. ​
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Canadian Cancer Statistics: A 2020 special report on lung cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – This special report provides new, detailed estimates of lung cancer incidence, mortality, survival and prevalence in Canada. It also provides information on important and emerging issues related to lung cancer, such as risk factors, screening, treatment and equity.
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Quebec to lower acceptable limits of asbestos in any workplace

Montreal Gazette – Quebec is lowering the acceptable limits of asbestos permitted to be in the air in any workplace. The new regulation would lower the acceptable limit to 0.1 fibres per cubic centimetre for all asbestos types, according to Quebec’s workplace safety board, the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). The new rules bring the province in line with norms already in place in Canada and throughout North America, the CNESST said.
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How Ottawa-Gatineau residents perceive radon health risks

Telfer School of Management – Researchers examined how Ottawa-Gatineau residents perceive the health risks of radon exposure. They sought to determine what encourages and hinders residents to test their homes and when they felt the need to adopt appropriate preventive measures.
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Comparing the costs, benefits, of silica dust prevention methods for construction workers

Institute for Work and Health – Worksites can use different prevention methods to reduce silica dust exposure, including the wet method, local exhaust ventilation, and personal protective equipment. A team of researchers found a combination of all three methods can avert the highest number of lung cancer cases (107 cases per year). However, the most cost-beneficial approach is the wet method used in combination with local exhaust ventilation.
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Occupational asbestos exposure after the ban: a job exposure matrix developed in Italy

European Journal of Public Health – The objective of this study was to develop a job exposure matrix (JEM) in order to provide summary information for the period 1996–2016 on the magnitude of occupational exposures to asbestos fibres in Italy after the ban. A total of 46,422 workers (86% male) were estimated to be potentially at risk of exposure to asbestos in the sectors of asbestos abatement.
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Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

The Conversation – Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year. In a newly published study, researchers leverage newly available data that captures PM2.5 concentrations at more than 8.6 million distinct U.S. locations from 1981 through 2016. The results show that the neighborhoods and population groups that were most exposed to fine particle pollution 40 years ago – disproportionately low-income and minority communities – are still exposed to higher pollution levels.
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Identifying priorities for communicating a large body of research for impact

Scholarly and Research Communication – With 80 known and suspected carcinogens in its database and over 800 estimates of how and where Canadians are exposed, CAREX’s challenge has been to focus its efforts to achieve impact. A process model for identifying and prioritizing opportunities for knowledge translation was developed. A total of 54 impacts were tracked, including priority setting, cancer prevention research, implementation research, and policy and practice change.
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A global mask shortage may leave farmers and farm workers exposed to toxic pesticides

The Conversation – As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, vital N95 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) have been hard to come by, even for those who need them most. And it’s not just health care workers and other care providers who need PPE – especially those N95 masks, technically known as respirators. These devices are also vital to the safety of workers in a host of other industries, from building trades to agriculture.
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Asbestos inhalation poses cancer risks to workers and consumers

Chemical and Engineering News – The processing and use of asbestos-containing diaphragms by the chlor-alkali industry poses an unreasonable risk to the health of workers, the US Environmental Protection Agency concludes in a draft risk evaluation. The assessment, released March 30, also finds unreasonable risks to workers and consumers who process or use asbestos-containing sheet gaskets, brake blocks, aftermarket automotive brakes and linings, and other vehicle friction products and gaskets.
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A scoping review to identify strategies that work to prevent four important occupational diseases

American Journal of Industrial Medicine – This scoping review identifies occupational disease prevention strategies worthy of further exploration by decisionmakers and stakeholders and of future systematic evaluation by researchers. It also identified important gaps, including a lack of studies of precarious workers and the need for more studies that rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
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