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.
EHP – According to new estimates published in Environmental Health Perspectives, radon exposure itself may be responsible for 14-17% of lung cancer cases and 3% of all cancer mortality in the 66 countries for which national data on radon exposure are available.
IARC – Volume 117 of the IARC Monographs is now available online. Pentachlorophenol was classified as carcinogenic to humans, aldrin, dieldrin, and 3,3’,4,4’-tetrachloroazobenzene were classified as probably carinogenic to humans, and 2,4,6- trichlorophenol was classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
CBC News – A new study indicates dust from homes in Fort McMurray, Alta., had normal levels of indoor contaminants a year after a devastating forest fire hit the city, suggesting residents did not face an elevated health risk in the aftermath of the blaze.
Breast cancer risk by occupation and industry in women and men: Results from the Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS)
American Journal of Industrial Medicine – The recently established Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) was used to examine breast cancer risk in women and men by occupation and industry. Elevated risks were observed in management, administrative/clerical, and teaching. Other elevated risks were observed in nursing/health, social sciences, and janitor/cleaning services for both genders.
CBC News – Close to 1,000 Canadians die each year because of their jobs, according to official numbers from Canada’s workers’ compensation agencies. But a new study says that figure is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true extent of work-related deaths across the country.
Occupational Health & Safety – Female nurses who administer antineoplastic drugs – medications used to treat cancer – do not always wear protective clothing, according to a new NIOSH study.
Chemical Watch – Updated Canadian regulations to ban asbestos and products containing it came into force on 30 December, and the government has repealed its previous control measures.
IARC – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the IARC Monographs volume on benzene is now available online. Benzene remains classified as a known carcinogen, based on sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of benzene.
European Parliament – In order to protect some 3.6 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE), the Parliament succeeded in including diesel fumes in the scope of the new rules and in setting the corresponding exposure limit value.
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health – This video illustrates why radon is a problem, how people are exposed, and what public health professionals can do to reduce radon exposure and help prevent cancer.
CTV News – All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia will be required to be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
Cancer Care Ontario – According to recent research done by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, men employed in natural resources industries (agriculture, forestry, logging, wood, paper), management, administration, protective services (firefighters, police and the armed forces), construction and transportation have shown an increased risk of prostate cancer.
The Lancet Oncology – The results of the recent IARC Monographs evaluation of the carcinogenicity of some nitrobenzenes and other industrial chemicals have now been published. All of the agents were classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2B), on the basis of “sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals” and no data or “inadequate evidence” in humans.
Canadian Environmental Law Association – The heads of over 30 civil society organizations from across Canada urged federal ministers of Environment and Health to introduce amendments to better protect human health and the environment from toxic substances.
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