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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.

Surface contamination with nine antineoplastic drugs in 109 Canadian centers; 10 years of a monitoring program

Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice – A cross-sectional antineoplastic monitoring program is conducted once a year with voluntary Canadian hospital centers, since 2010. Twelve standardized sampling sites were sampled in 109 hospital centers between January 31 and June 18, 2020. Cyclophosphamide and gemcitabine were the drugs most frequently quantified on the surfaces. The armrest of patient treatment chairs, the front grille inside the biological safety cabinet (BSC) and the floor in front of the BSC were frequently contaminated. This large-scale study showed reproducible long term follow up of the contamination of standardized sites of Canadian centers and a reduction in surface contamination from 2010 to 2020.
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Occupational cancer burden: The contribution of exposure to process-generated substances at the workplace

Molecular Oncology – In this study, researchers illustrate how common occupational exposures are and discuss challenges in estimating their global prevalence and their contribution to the burden of occupational cancer. The population attributable fraction for lung cancer due to occupational exposure has been estimated to be between 18 and 25% in men and 2–6% in women, resulting in lung cancer being the most prevalent occupational cancer. Actions to reduce exposures and research to fill gaps in knowledge adapted to local settings are warranted to mitigate the occupational cancer burden, especially in under-researched settings including low and middle income countries.
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More countries act against exposure to radon and associated cancer risks

World Health Organization – More countries than ever before are protecting health from radon exposure, but many still need to take action to mitigate the impacts of this carcinogenic radioactive gas, according to a new WHO survey. So far, a total of 56 countries – over a quarter of all WHO Member States – responded to the WHO radon survey. The vast majority have set national reference levels for homes and workplaces, 44 per cent have developed national radon action plans, and 39 per cent have included it in codes for new buildings. Globally, in 2019, residential radon exposure alone was estimated to have caused 84,000 deaths by lung cancer; in some countries, it is among the leading causes of lung cancer.
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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.

Fall 2020 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on COVID-19 – Webinar recording on workplace transmission of COVID-19

Research updates – New data on sun exposure in outdoor workers

Partner updates – Raising awareness on radon, new Occupational Disease Statistics website

Recent publications – Knowledge translation, cancer risks in a First Nations community, and pesticides

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

Spring 2020 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on night shift work – New report on research challenges and publication on workplace estimates

Updating resources – Reducing workplace exposure to antineoplastic agents, new pesticide and ionizing radiation estimates 

Communications update – Webinar recordings on workplace exposure to sun and antineoplastic agents now available

Recent publications – New publication on the burden of workplace radon exposure

Fall 2019 e-Bulletin

Spotlight on burden of occupational cancer – New report and fact sheets now available

Additions to the CAREX team – Welcome Shelby

Updating resources – New estimates for welding fumes, gasoline engine exhaust

Recent publications – New publication on occupational exposure to second-hand smoke

Communications update – Webinar recording on occupational lung cancer cases now online

Partner update – Supporting awareness and research during Radon Action Month

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