Cancer and Environment: Occupational Exposures, Water Pollution, and Air Pollution

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This webinar will feature presentations on the carcinogen hazards associated with occupational chemical exposures, nitrates in drinking water, and air pollution. Elana Silver will begin the webinar presenting a new online tool, Working Women at Risk, which is intended to help researchers and advocates to visualize the exposures to chemicals that might be putting California’s working women at risk for breast cancer. The tool is part of a project exploring working women’s risk of breast cancer that is funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program at the University of California, and supported by occupational health experts at the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the University of California San Francisco.
Next, Dr. Alexandra White will discuss findings from her study on air pollution and breast cancer. In this large prospective Sister Study cohort, Dr. White and colleagues evaluated whether heterogeneity in air pollution by both geographic region and particulate matter composition was related to breast cancer risk. This study used an innovative covariate-adapted k-means clustering approach to evaluate particulate matter composition profiles and was the first to consider simultaneous exposure to multiple correlated particulate matter components in relation to breast cancer risk. 
To conclude, Dr. Alexis Temkin will address the topic of nitrate ingestion from drinking water, which has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer as well as adverse birth outcomes and several other cancers. Dr. Temkin will present research using a comprehensive assessment of nitrate exposure from drinking water for the entire United States population from 2010-2017. Researchers calculated the estimated annual nitrate-attributable cancer cases in the United States and the associated economic losses due to medical costs and lost productivity. The health and economic analyses presented here suggest that lowering exposure to nitrate in drinking water could bring economic benefits by alleviating the impacts of nitrate-associated diseases.
Event Date Mar 04, 2020 21:00
Posted by NCCEH Feb 18, 2020
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