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Date:2/6/2008

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.


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