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Canada needs public registry of buildings containing asbestos

October 18, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Canadian Cancer Society (National Office) – Thursday October 18, 2012   The majority of Canadians – 82% – are sending a clear message that a public registry of buildings containing asbestos, including private homes, is important and 78% say it’s the responsibility of the federal government to create one, according to poll results released today …

Asbestos products still being imported to Ontario

October 04, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Marco Chown Oved Toronto Star – Monday September 24, 2012   Despite recent announcements in Ottawa and Quebec that suggest asbestos will soon be a thing of the past, products made of the cancer-causing mineral are still being imported and used in Ontario today. While the carcinogenic insulation is now being removed from buildings across …

Study examines breast cancer link to flame retardants

May 24, 2012 - 10:11 am

Andrew Vowles atGuelph – Thursday April 26, 2012 Probing links between breast cancer and a group of pollutants is the purpose of a new $846,000 study involving researchers from U of G, Toronto and Ottawa. The team has received a three-year grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to look at brominated flame retardants, …

Sarnia could be a strong voice to prevent occupational cancers

April 11, 2012 - 10:04 am

Dr. Paul Demers spoke at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Breakfast in Sarnia, Ontario, to raise awareness of occupational cancer. As part of the trip, he also visited the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Sarnia. His visit and the risks of occupational cancer, especially mesothelioma, were highlighted in Sarnia This Week on April …

CBC News highlights the risks of occupational cancer

March 26, 2012 - 12:59 pm

CBC News has published a series of articles on occupational cancer. These articles discuss the risks of exposure to workplace carcinogens, current policies surrounding exposure and compensation, and what still needs to be done to improve health and safety on the job. Dr Paul Demers, Director of the OCRC, and Steering Committee member Anthony Miller …

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 …

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 …

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 …