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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.

Behaviour and socio-economic factors significantly affect radon exposure, study finds

University of Calgary – A new multidisciplinary study shows that people who act quickly to test for and mitigate radon gas in their homes are at a much lower risk of developing lung cancer long-term. The study found that people who act quickly to learn about, test for, and reduce exposure to radioactive radon gas in their homes could reduce their lifetime risk of lung cancer by as much as 40%, compared to those who do not. The researchers determined that, for a variety of reasons including economic barriers (i.e affordability) and delaying behaviours, three in five Canadians continue to live in homes with known high radon, despite being aware of the associated health risks.

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Households and the Environment: Radon awareness and testing, 2021

Statistics Canada – After smoking, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. In 2021, 56% of Canadian households reported that they had heard of radon, up from 54% in 2019. Of these, 69% were able to identify the correct description of radon when asked to pick from a list of possibilities, while 13% chose an incorrect description, down from 18% in 2019. The remainder had only heard of the term. In 2021, 9% of non-apartment households that had heard of radon indicated that they had tested for radon at some point in the past. Of these households, 86% had tested within the previous 10 years. About 10% of households that had tested their home reported that a problem had been found.

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Hair straightening chemicals associated with higher uterine cancer risk

National Institutes of Health – Women who used chemical hair straightening products were at higher risk for uterine cancer compared to women who did not report using these products, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found no associations with uterine cancer for other hair products that the women reported using, including hair dyes, bleach, highlights, or perms. The study data includes 33,497 US women ages 35-74 participating in the Sister Study, a study led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The women were followed for almost 11 years and during that time 378 uterine cancer cases were diagnosed.

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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 2022 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on our move to UBC – CAREX Canada now hosted at UBC, Dr. Peters’ new role

Updating resources – Wildfire smoke emerging issues summary

Recent publications – Young workers’ exposure to carcinogens and diesel engine exhaust in construction

Communications update – New webinar recordings on our occupational exposure estimates and sun safety, recent stories from our Carcinogens in the News digest

Fall 2021 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on occupational exposure estimates – Updates to our occupational exposure estimates, upcoming webinar

Team news – Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol’s changing role

Updating resources – Assessing carcinogen exposures in young and new workers, new profiles

Communications update – New pesticide webinar recording, overview video, and a podcast on radon

Recent publications – Cancer and the environment project, safe handling of antineoplastic drugs, and radon in schools

Spring 2021 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on CAREX resources – Newly designed interactive maps, harmonizing OELs in Canada

Recent publications – Sun protection behaviours, men and women at work, and pesticides

CAREX news – New grants awarded to study awareness of cancer causes, impact of sex and gender

Upcoming events – Webinar on pesticide exposures and EPICOH symposium 

Communications update – Recent stories from our Carcinogens in the News digest

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