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Burden of occupational cancer in Canada

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre’s new report focuses on 13 workplace carcinogens with the largest impact on the occupational cancer burden in Canada. According to the report, these carcinogens are also responsible for over 10,000 newly diagnosed cancer cases in Canada each year.

These carcinogens are arsenic, asbestos, benzene, chromium (VI) compounds, diesel engine exhaust, second-hand smoke, nickel compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), radon, night shift work, silica (crystalline), solar ultraviolet radiation, and welding fumes.

The report breaks down the following by industry:

  • Estimates of occupational exposure and the associated burden of cancer
  • Exposure reduction strategies for the most common occupational carcinogens in the country
  • General policy recommendations.

Burden of occupational cancer in Canada: Major workplace carcinogens and prevention of exposure report was produced by the OCRC, with input from experts on scientific content and policy recommendations. The occupational carcinogen exposure estimates were provided by CAREX Canada.

View the full report here.

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