Ottawa's sunny outlook on asbestos is out of step with the facts

Ottawa’s sunny outlook about asbestos is out of step with the facts and is sending a confusing signal to Canadians. While provincial workplace safety officials warn of a growing epidemic of asbestos-related illnesses, including the incurable cancer mesothelioma, the federal government peddles the line that there “are no significant health risks if asbestos fibres stay enclosed or tightly bound in a product.

Ottawa must review its position and bring it in line with reality.

Free on-line course: "Occupational and Environmental Cancer: Recognition and Prevention"

This free on-line course, "Occupational and Environmental Cancer: Recognition and Prevention", available on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website, is for physicians and other health care providers.

The course teaches primary health care providers how to recognize occupational and environmental cancers and how to respond to this finding. Insights are provided into how the recognition of occupational and environmental cancer risks can lead to prevention. Case studies will highlight key points and allow participants to apply lessons learned.

Revolutionary Toronto cancer treatment gives asbestos victims new life

Cho, a radiation oncologist, and de Perrot, a thoracic surgeon, paired up to turn conventional treatment on its head, giving patients radiation before surgery instead of after it. They’ve dubbed the technique SMART, for Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy, and Cho says three-year survival rates have more than doubled, from 32 per cent to 72 per cent.

Their success has drawn attention from around the world and they say doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota will soon attempt to use their method.

IHSA's Occupational Health Risk Booklets

Check out IHSA's occupational health risk booklets !  These booklets, created by Ontario's Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), contain prevention information for workers and a diagnostic toolkit for physicians and primary health providers. They are available for many trades on IHSA's website. Type "diagnostic toolkit for physicians" into their search window. The last two pages of each four-page booklet are to be provided to your doctor; they give your doctor information about the health risks of your job.

Right to Know Campaign for Asbestos

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is working to reduce cancer incidence by educating workers in BC - and the British Columbia population at large - on ways to reduce their exposures to asbestos through their Community Right to Know Campaign. The campaign will also improve cancer screening by encouraging workers to sign up for WorkSafeBC's new exposure registry. The information obtained through the registry will be kept as a permanent record of a worker’s exposure.

AREA Fund provided a grant to the BC & Yukon Division of CCS in support of this community awareness campaign.