Mesothelioma and Other Cancers Higher Among Firefighters

A new study involving a total of 30,000 firefighters from three large cities found they had higher rates of several types of cancers, and of all cancers combined, than the U.S. population as a whole. The researchers found that the firefighters had a rate of mesothelioma two times greater than the rate in the U.S. population as a whole. The researchers said it was likely that the findings were associated with exposure to asbestos, and NIOSH noted this is the first study ever to identify an excess of mesothelioma in U.S. firefighters.

Health defenders challenge scientific and ethical misconduct

Over 130 scientists, health defenders and civil society organisations have sent a letter to the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECPO) regarding serious scientific and ethical improprieties in an article on asbestos published by the organisation’s official scientific journal, the European Cancer Prevention Journal. Signatories of the letter feel that Dr. La Vecchia’s conduct is incompatible with holding the position of Associate Editor of the ECPO’s official European Journal of Cancer Prevention and is incompatible with being a member of its International Advisory Board. The letter requests that Dr. La Vecchia’s position as Associate Editor of the journal and his position as a member of the International Advisory Board be terminated. It also urges them to publish a correction of the inaccurate information that was put forward in the article by Drs. La Vecchia and Boffetta.

Thank you RightOnCanada for your tireless advocacy work.

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.