Prevention of Occupationally Induced Cancer

  • Aaron BlairEmail author
  • Karin Hohenadel
  • Paul Demers
  • Loraine Marrett
  • Kurt Straif
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH, volume 79)


A number of workplace exposures are known to cause cancer. In fact, the workplace has been a major source of information regarding causes of cancer. In most countries, there are sizable public and private efforts to control occupational exposures to minimize disease risks. Despite these considerable and appropriate, preventive efforts, there is relatively little information on their effectiveness. The few studies available do indicate that controlling occupational exposures leads to a reduction in cancer risk. However, details regarding this reduction, e.g., time-dependent changes in risk following intervention and potential confounding and effect modification from other occupational exposures or personal habits, are largely lacking. Such information is needed to identify and characterize successful exposure-reduction approaches and to reduce the cancer burden on our working population in a timely manner.


Cancer Risk Occupational Exposure Wood Dust Asbestos Exposure Exposure Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Blair
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karin Hohenadel
    • 2
  • Paul Demers
    • 2
  • Loraine Marrett
    • 3
  • Kurt Straif
    • 4
  1. 1.Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and GeneticsNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care OntarioTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care OntarioTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Section of IARC MonographsInternational Agency for Research on CancerLyonFrance

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