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.

IARC Monographs: Pentachlorophenol and Some Related Compounds

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.

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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.

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Job-related deaths in Canada dramatically under-reported: study

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.

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IARC Monographs Volume 120: Benzene

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.

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Radon: Public Health and Cancer Prevention [video]

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.

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Occupation related to prostate cancer risk in Canadian men

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.

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Carcinogenicity of some nitrobenzenes and other industrial chemicals

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.

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