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World Cancer Day 2020 – reflecting on a decade of NIOSH cancer research
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    February 4th, 2020 is World Cancer Day, and we are reflecting on the role of the occupational cancer research being done at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in reducing the burden of cancer worldwide. Cancer develops as a result of the body losing its ability to control the growth and spread of abnormal cells. Globally, cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death accounting for 9.6 million deaths in 2018 (IARC 2020). There are 17 million people diagnosed with cancer every year worldwide, and this number is expected to increase (ACS 2018). While there is no single root cause of cancer, there are a wide range of exposures that may contribute to a person’s risk of cancer; this includes but is not limited to: • Modifiable behaviors, such as alcohol and tobacco use; • Environmental exposures to ultraviolet light, pesticides, and pollution; • Infectious agents, such as viruses; • Inherited genetic mutations; and • Workplace exposures.
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    The Role of Workplace Exposures in Cancer Burden -- A Decade of NIOSH Cancer Epidemiology Studies -- The Impact of NIOSH Occupational Cancer Research -- The Future of Occupational Cancer Research -- References.
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