Researchers, health activists and unionists are holding a public event January 13 to highlight the workplace chemicals and conditions that have contributed to high breast cancer rates in Canada.
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Canadians need to know impact of workplace on breast cancer rates, says researcher

Canadians need to know more about the impact of the workplace in causing breast cancer, according to Canadian occupational health researcher Jim Brophy.

And Brophy, who is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor. says Canada has among the highest breast cancer rates in the world.

It is, in fact, the most frequent cancer diagnosis among women in the industrialized world.

Healthy women, whose backgrounds have no family history of breast cancer are being affected. Even so, there are not sufficient warnings in Canada, nor banning of some of the 217 chemicals that can elevate the risk.

As part of a public awareness campaign, Brophy and others are participating in an evening panel entitled “Let’s Put Breast Cancer Out Of Work!” on Tuesday (January 13).

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke with Jim Brophy to find out more.

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More information:
Let’s Put Breast Cancer Out Of Work! event in Toronto details – here
Facebook event page for “Let’s Put Breast Cancer Out of Work: Public Forum” – here
Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case–control study – here
Canadian Women’s Health Network – Women, Plastics and Breast Cancer – here

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