Navigation Links
Reducing cancer panic
Date:2/6/2008

New research has allayed some panic about suspected cancer-causing agents, such as deodorants, coffee and artificial sweeteners. A risk assessment tool has been developed through the Cancer Control Program at South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra Health (SESIH) by a University of New South Wales (UNSW) researcher, Professor Bernard Stewart.

Our tool will help establish if the level of risk is high say, on a par with smoking or unlikely such as using deodorants, artificial sweeteners and drinking coffee or fluoridated water or at risk bands in between, said Professor Stewart.

The media are filled with reports about possible causes of cancer: most commonly, a new and unexpected exposure to a previously suspected carcinogen.

Its one thing to know that arsenic is carcinogenic - but quite another to distinguish between different methods of exposure. Thats what this approach achieves, said Professor Stewart. For instance, smelter workers who are exposed to arsenic emissions are much more likely to develop cancer than children who have played on climbing frames constructed from arsenic-treated timber but the carcinogen is the same.

Until now there have only been mathematical risk assessments, which are complicated and of limited application.

Our approach can be used whenever carcinogenic risk can be implied, said Professor Stewart.

In an issue of the journal Mutation Research Reviews, the newly developed procedure has been applied to more than than sixty situations, ranging from active smoking to electromagnetic fields in the workplace which are all deemed to offer some degree of carcinogenic risk. Consequently, each situation can be located within one of five bands corresponding to proven, likely, inferred, unknown or unlikely risk of carcinogenic outcome.

Surveys suggest that tobacco smoking is correctly identified as the major cause of cancer, but a host of other situations calling on a mobile phone, air pollution, being exposed to DDT, eating dioxin-contaminated fish, using hairdyes, and drinking alcoholic beverages are often equated.

We now have a means of indicating which carcinogenic risks are comparable by reference to the type of evidence available, says Professor Stewart. This risk assessment gives the lie to the attitude that Everything causes cancer.

The Cancer Council Australias Chief Executive Officer, Professor Ian Olver, said The Cancer Council was frequently called on to provide evidence-based comment to help the media and public make sense of the many and frequent reports about risks from exposure to suspected carcinogens.

Being able to draw on an evidence base that evaluates carcinogenic risk based on different types of exposure will be an invaluable resource to help organisations like The Cancer Council, Professor Olver said. We want to ensure the public has accurate information about where carcinogens pose a genuine concern and how people can best reduce their risk.


'/>"/>

Contact: Bernard Stewart
Bernard.Stewart@SESIAHS.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU
61-293-828-249
University of New South Wales
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
2. Global Health Project targets reducing AIDS among Indias adolescents
3. Preventing or reducing enlarged heart decreases risk of heart failure
4. Acting Surgeon General Announces National Initiatives to Protect Children by Reducing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
5. Safe Blood for Africa Foundations African Club 25 Greatly Reducing HIV Infections in African Youth
6. Breast cancer survivors optimistic, yet lack critical information on reducing recurrence
7. World Bank Group Report on Malaria in Africa Highlights Progress Towards Goal of Significantly Reducing Malaria Deaths
8. Americans Pessimistic View of Accident Prevention Poses Hurdle to Reducing Injuries, Survey Says
9. Study shows reducing class size may be more cost-effective than most medical interventions
10. Role of a key enzyme in reducing heart disease identified
11. Preventing or reducing enlarged heart may decrease risk for diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leading medical technology company focused on the ... ended December 31, 2015 on Monday, February 29, 2016 after the market closes. , ... the release at 4:30 PM ET. Investors interested in participating by phone are invited ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... AZ (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... For ... in new book , Pioneering book "Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain ... neuroplasticity can improve memory. The book’s publication date is March 16, 2016. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... IDEX ... accessories. These PEEK-lined stainless steel (PLS) columns combine the strength of traditional stainless ... the integrity of biological samples while operating at ultra-high pressures of 20,000 psi. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... The recreational ... cannabis enthusiasts in the state still face a lot of restrictions as to where ... is intended for private, personal use” and that cannabis “may not be consumed openly ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS , ... a new addition to their growing practice. Beginning this month, Teresa Imperiale-Westerfield, a ... performing cosmetic procedures including injectables, fillers and laser treatments. A master ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... Mass. , Feb. 9, 2016  Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: ... tubeless insulin pump technology with its OmniPod ... David A. Lemoine has been appointed to Insulet,s Board ... of nine directors, eight of whom are independent. ... 40 years of audit and finance experience and a deep ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... February 9, 2016 ... heute den Abschluss eines Kooperationsvertrags mit 10x ... Lösungen in den Bereichen Next-Generation-Sequencing (NGS), Single-Cell-Biology ... ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) gab heute ... für die Entwicklung und Förderung umfassender Lösungen ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Bermuda, Feb. 9, 2016  Axovant Sciences Ltd. ... on the treatment of dementia, today announced further ... cognitive, behavioral and functional aspects of Lewy body ... in the U.S. Two out of the three ... expected to start later this quarter. In addition, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: