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IARC Monographs Volume 100C: Arsenic, Metals, Fibres, and Dusts

December 08, 2011 - 10:27 am

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a monograph that evaluates the carcinogenic hazard to humans of arsenic, metals, fibres, and dusts. Download IARC Monographs Volume 100C: Arsenic, Metals, Fibres, and Dusts

Asbestos in the news

November 28, 2011 - 12:16 pm

CBC News recently reported that production has halted at both of Canada’s two remaining asbestos mines. The future of the mines is currently unknown. Click here to read the full article on the future of the Canadian asbestos industry. The Parliamentary Precinct in Ottawa is currently being renovated, which includes asbestos removal from some of …

Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records: Letter Report

October 06, 2011 - 10:00 am

The Committee on Occupational Information and Electronic Health Records, appointed by the Institute of Medicine at the request of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), has recently investigated the feasibility of incorporating occupational information into electronic health records. The resulting report, including recommendations on how to achieve this goal, was published by …

OCRC researcher profiled by the Canadian Cancer Society

October 06, 2011 - 9:30 am

Dr. Shelley Harris was recently funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to investigate the relationship between the risk of breast cancer in young women and occupational and environmental exposure to flame retardant chemicals. Dr. Harris’s research was profiled by CCS in October for breast cancer awareness month. To read more about the Canadian Cancer …

IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans

July 26, 2011 - 12:03 pm

In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hosted a Working Group meeting of 31 scientists to discuss the health risks associated with exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs). As a result, IARC and the World Health Organization have classified EMFs as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Link to the IARC …

A new call to action on environmental and occupational cancer prevention

March 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) hosted the “International Conference on Environmental and Occupational Determinants of Cancer: Interventions for Primary Prevention”, held in March 2011 in Asturias, Spain. Scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) worked closely together with colleagues at WHO to develop the scientific programme for this conference and draft the …

IARC Monographs Volume 98: Painting, Firefighting, and Shiftwork

October 21, 2010 - 9:55 am

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a monograph that evaluates the carcinogenic hazard to humans of painting, firefighting and shiftwork. Download IARC Monographs Volume 98: Painting, Firefighting, and Shiftwork

Occupational exposures increase risk of lung cancer in never-smokers

July 28, 2010 - 5:29 pm

A recent study published in BMC Cancer demonstrated that exposure at work to potential cancer-causing agents is associated with increased lung cancer risk in the total population and an even higher risk amongst those who have never smoked. More specifically, never-smokers who were exposed to solvents, paints or thinners, welding equipment or smoke, soot or …

Dr. Paul Demers appointed OCRC director  

April 15, 2010 - 8:00 am

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Demers has been appointed to the position of Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and Senior Scientist at Cancer Care Ontario, effective September 1 2010. Paul will be actively involved in the development of the Centre beginning in May. Paul is currently Professor and Director of the …

Graveyard shifts may raise disease risk, studies say

April 12, 2010 - 6:50 pm

Martin Mittelstaedt Globe and Mail Shift work has long been a necessary and unpleasant part of modern life, with more than a quarter of the Canadian work force estimated to be on the job during non-traditional hours in the evenings and overnight. Those working these shifts often experience disrupted sleep patterns, fatigue and other minor …

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