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PCN Shorts

– PCN Website – Article on New French Component
– Asbestos Petition
– World Conference on Breast Cancer
– Cancer Linked to Neighbourhoods
– Prehistoric Tumours Spark Debate on Cancer Causes
– Radiation Exposure from Imaging Common in Kids
– Quebec Cancer Lawsuit Begins
– Ski Wax Chemicals Build Up in People’s Blood
– Do Chemicals Cause Breast Cancer? Ask the Marines!


PCN Website – Article on New French Component

Prevent Cancer Now is pleased to announce that key parts of our website are now available in French. At this point, our ten most popular pages have been translated. We hope to add more French-language content in the coming months. If you see a resource related to cancer prevention in French, please pass it on. We are happy to review it as part of an ongoing effort to provide you with the best information in both languages.

Asbestos Petition

A Petition to Ban Asbestos from NDP MP Nathan Cullen is circulating and can be downloaded online here. Mr. Cullen is asking people to collect signatures and mail the signed petitions to his office (note: you can do this free of charge). Download the Asbestos Petition here.

World Conference on Breast Cancer

Don’t miss the World Conference on Breast Cancer in Hamilton, June 7-11, 2011. The theme is: “Transcending the Breast Cancer Experience: A Global Partnership”. Look for Prevent Cancer Now Board Member Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg’s presentation on how to use her film, Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer, as a tool in the fight against breast cancer. For more information visit here.

Cancer Linked to Neighbourhoods

The results of a new study published last month in American Journal of Public Health suggest that people living in a racially segregated neighbourhood, or in an area with high crime levels, have a higher risk of cancer even after taking account of socioeconomic factors known to be linked to cancer risk such as income, education, and race. The authors say that this could point to an undiscovered mechanism linking cancer risk to the area people live in. To read the full article, please visit here.

Prehistoric Tumours Spark New Debate on Cancer Causes

Often thought of as a modern disease, cancer has always been with us. Where scientists disagree is on how much it has been amplified by the sweet and bitter fruits of civilization. Over the decades archaeologists have made about 200 possible cancer sightings dating to prehistoric times. But considering the difficulties of extracting statistics from old bones, is that a little or a lot? To read the full article, please visit here.

Radiation Exposure from Imaging Common in Kids

Radiation exposure became a major concern in October 2009 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating more than 2,000 cases in which patients received toxic doses of radiation during CT scans of the brain at a California hospital. While several studies have focused on rates of adult exposure to radiation from imaging tests, few have looked at children. To read the full article, please visit here.

Quebec Cancer Lawsuit Begins

Legal proceedings related to a class-action lawsuit over contaminated water in Shannon, Que., began Monday in a Quebec City court. About 3,500 people from the town near the provincial capital are suing the federal government, claiming groundwater contaminated by the chemical trichloroethylene, or TCE, was responsible for hundreds of local cases of cancer. To read the full article, please visit here.

Ski Wax Chemicals Build Up in People’s Blood, Pose Risks

Ski wax can expose users to perfluorochemicals (a likely carcinogen) that build up in their bodies and carry potentially serious health risks. Wax technicians working for World Cup ski race teams had median levels of one compound that were up to 45 times higher than the general population’s. To read the full article, please visit here.

Do Chemicals Cause Breast Cancer? Tell it to the Marines!

Over sixty Marines and their dependents have developed male breast cancer after being exposed to contaminated drinking water at the Marine base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The camp was the site of what is believed to be the largest drinking water chemical contamination event in US history. For decades, from the 1950s to the mid to late 1980s, drinking water was contaminated with trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, benzene and other chlorinated chemicals from base activities and leaks from a civilian dry cleaning establishment adjacent to the base. Now the health consequences of this contamination on Marines, their dependents, and civilians who worked on the base are becoming clear. In addition to national media coverage, these events were the subject of Congressional hearings on September 16, 2010. Mike Partain and Jim Fontella, both breast cancer survivors, talked on this call about their experiences in bringing their situation to public attention and their attempts to get compensation for affected Marines and families. CHE Partner Dick Clapp has been a member of the Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel for the past five years and discussed on-going health studies. To listen to the MP3 recording and read additional background resources associated with the call, visit here.

 
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