Cancer

Category archives for Cancer

Excess breast cancer risk among women employed in automobile plastics facilities

Two recently published papers funded by the federal agency Health Canada report on excess risk of breast cancer among auto plastics workers and the chemical compounds and processes used that are the likely culprits.

Seven worker safety rules remain stuck, stalled, “under review” in Obama White House

Seven new worker safety regulations–both proposed and final rules—are stuck in the Obama White House. One proposed rule has been “under review” for 645 days.

Worker safety wishlist for Obama’s second term

Now that the Presidential election is over, it’s time for the Labor Department to kick into high gear expand workers’ rights and ensuring workers’ lives and health are protected. Here’s my wish list of tasks for the Labor Department to accomplish in the next 6 months:

Public health association adopts new policies opposing military recruiting in schools, supporting taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages

At last week’s American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting its Governing Council adopted about a dozen new policies to guide the Association’s advocacy activities.

Public Health Classics: Assessing air pollution and health in six U.S. cities, researchers’ findings changed the air we breathe

In the 1974, most of us thought that air pollution was something that just looked and smelled bad. But public health researchers had just launched a study to determine whether air pollution shortened people’s lives. Twenty years later they published their results. It forever changed the way we think about and address air pollutants.

Hotel workers at Hyatt struggle for justice, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization supports workers’ cause

Canceling a hotel contract for a major conference is no small feat, but the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization did just that to support hotel workers call for a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels.

Public health classic: Surgeon General’s 1964 Report on Smoking and Health

The 1964 Surgeon General’s report on “Smoking and Health” was not the first to report the grave hazards of smoking, but it capture public attention and set the ball in motion for the nation’s first tobacco control measures.

It’s official, 50 cancers added to eligible diseases covered by World Trade Center health program

In response to the findings and recommendations of a scientific expert panel, the World Trade Center Health Program will now consider certain cancers a covered health condition.

Don’t blame the messenger, calls to save NTP’s Report on Carcinogens

Producers and users of styrene and formaldehyde can’t handle the truth about those compounds’ carcinogenicity, and use their friends in Congress to punish the messenger.

Dense breasts are not just an interesting attribute, wish I’d known the cancer risk

Here’s an important public health fact: women with dense breast tissue are at least four times more likely to develop breast cancer. I wish I’d known about that risk factor before learning last month that I have Stage IIIB breast cancer.