Carcinogens in the News

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 of these newsletters, or both, below.

Prostate cancer risk decreases following cessation of night shift work

International Journal of Cancer – Night shift work has been associated with breast and prostate cancer. Recent studies on breast cancer indicate that risk is highest in women with current night‐shift work and decreases with time since last night‐shift work. The study found a pattern of time‐related decrease in prostate cancer risk following night shift work with a nearly null association 20 years after last exposure that has also been observed for breast cancer.
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Sun Safety in Canada Infographic

CCOHS – People who work outdoors are vulnerable to the sun’s rays. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can cause sunburn, premature skin aging, eye damage and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada and the rate continues to rise, yet it is one of the most preventable. This infographic outlines ways employers can support outdoor workers, including the development of a sun safety policy, and tips to reduce the risk when working outside.
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Case-control investigation of occupational lead exposure and kidney cancer

Occupational and Environmental Medicine – Lead is a suspected carcinogen that has been inconsistently associated with kidney cancer. To clarify this relationship, researchers conducted an analysis of occupational lead exposure within a population-based study of kidney cancer using detailed exposure assessment methods. The findings of this study did not offer clear support for an association between occupational lead exposure and kidney cancer.
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Solar ultraviolet radiation exposure among outdoor workers in three Canadian provinces

Annals of Work Exposure and Health – Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure places outdoor workers at risk of skin cancer and exposure is difficult to control. In response, the Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC) project was undertaken (2014–2016). The purpose of this substudy was to characterize the UVR exposure levels of outdoor workers in the SSAWC project.
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New Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control released

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) has released their Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. The Strategy is a 10-year roadmap that focuses on long-term, sustainable impact in cancer control and improving equity in the cancer system, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis priorities.
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Asbestos-related workplace deaths not declining as expected

Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Asbestos has been recognized as a carcinogen for decades and was formally banned in Canada last year, but because of its abundance and the long latency period between exposure and contracting a disease, it continues to kill Saskatchewan workers. Exposures are likely continuing due to old buildings laced with asbestos undergoing demolition and renovations.
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Reducing social inequalities in cancer: evidence and priorities for research

IARC – A new scientific publication from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) examines the global problem of social inequalities in cancer. The publication highlights the large variations in cancer incidence, survival, and mortality that exist between countries and, within countries, between social groups.
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Health Canada says it will set cap on arsenic in food

CBC News – Health Canada says it will launch a months-long consultation process this year on setting a maximum level of arsenic allowed in food, including baby cereal. Currently, there is no hard limit on arsenic in food in Canada and the U.S., despite existing regulations in Europe.

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