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Asbestos memorial unveiled in Vancouver, BC

A memorial, to honour the thousands who have died and continue to die from asbestos exposure, was unveiled on September 22, 2022, at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver.

Carcinogens in the News

Carcinogens in the News is a monthly digest of media articles, government reports, and academic literature related to the carcinogens we’ve classified as important for surveillance in Canada.

Occupational environment and ovarian cancer risk

BMJ Occupational and Environmental MedicineThe objective was to investigate employment in an occupation or industry and specific occupational exposures in relation to ovarian cancer risk. In a population-based case–control study conducted in Montreal, Canada (2011–2016), lifetime occupational histories were collected for 491 cases of ovarian cancer and 897 controls. The relationship between exposure to each of the 29 most prevalent agents and ovarian cancer risk was assessed. Certain occupations, industries, and specific occupational exposures may be associated with ovarian cancer risk. Further research is needed to provide a more solid grounding for any inferences in this regard.

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Race-based data can help address health inequities in Canada: experts

Global News All Canadian jurisdictions should routinely collect data on racial and Indigenous identity to help address inequities in health care, and the best way to do that is during the health card application or renewal process, a group of experts say. The lead author of the commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal said Black and Indigenous patients have less access to care and worse outcomes, and allowing them to voluntarily provide identity data could help track racism in the health care system. The authors explain that it would also help monitor any progress toward addressing stereotypes that lead to poorer care for some people.

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Effect of environmental factors on cancer in Europe

European Commission – Roughly 10% of the cancer burden in Europe is attributable to environmental factors. Approximately 97% of the EU urban population live in areas that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended level for ambient air pollution exposure, increasing the risk of poor health, including lung cancer. Considerable differences between countries are observed in estimated lung cancer deaths attributable to ambient air pollution, residential radon, and second-hand smoke. On average, men are affected twice as much by the environmental pollutants as compared to women. The Zero Pollution Action Plan and the European Green Deal aim to reduce exposure to environmental pollutants and their detrimental effects on the health of European citizen

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The CAREX Canada e-Bulletin is a biannual summary of the project news. This includes details on upcoming webinars, new publications, updates to estimates and tools, and more.

Spring 2024 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on cancer mis- and disinformation – New publication and grant to combat online cancer misinformation and disinformation

Team update – CAREX Canada is pleased to welcome new team member Emily Heer

Community profiles – Our new e-Bulletin section examines industrial benzene emissions in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Communications update – CAREX Canada invites you to join us on LinkedIn

Partner updates – Newly released Canadian Cancer Statistics and the upcoming EPICOH conference

Fall 2023 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on wildfire smoke – The International Agency for Research on Cancer evaluates occupational exposure as a firefighter and finds increased risk of bladder cancer and mesothelioma

Recent publications – Radon gas and the changing activity patterns of Canadians and a systematic review of low-dose ionizing radiation and ischemic heart disease

CAREX news – New grant awarded to study workers exposed to climate change related extreme weather events

Team update – CAREX Canada is pleased to welcome new team member, Emma Quinn

Communications updates – Dr. Peters’ presentation at the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation and three stories from our Carcinogens in the News digest

Spring 2023 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on diesel engine exhaust exposure: New special topics page highlights CAREX Canada’s research on diesel engine exhaust

Recent publications – Inequalities in environmental carcinogen exposures, sun safety messages for outdoor workers, occupational radon estimates, and surveillance of solar radiation-induced skin cancers

CAREX news – New grants awarded to study shade inequities in playgrounds, tailored sun safety messages for construction workers, communication of radon risk among First Nations communities

Team updates – Dr. Larsen’s changing role

Communication updates – Recent stories from our Carcinogens in the News digest

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The CAREX Canada team offers two regular newsletters: the biannual e-Bulletin summarizing information on upcoming webinars, new publications, and updates to estimates and tools; and the monthly Carcinogens in the News, a digest of media articles, government reports, and academic literature related to the carcinogens we’ve classified as important for surveillance in Canada. Sign up for one or both of these newsletters below.

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As a national organization, our work extends across borders into many Indigenous lands throughout Canada. We gratefully acknowledge that our host institution, the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus, is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.