Estimating Population Level Exposure

Demers PA. Estimating Population Level Exposure. Commentary. Annals of Occupational Hygiene 2016;60(1):5-7.

This commentary describes methods of assessing population-level exposure to carcinogens. Efforts to estimate population-level exposure have played an important role in raising awareness of toxic substances in the workplace. From a prevention perspective, perhaps the most important use of population-level estimates is their use in the latest generation of burden of cancer projects, but assessments from these projects are now being used in a number of applications. Developing new and innovative methods to improve our assessment of population-level exposure, such as those described in the commentary, is essential for these efforts to promote prevention, as well as contributing to a wide range of epidemiologic uses.