Cancer and the Environment: Science and Opportunities for Prevention

Cancers are the second leading cause of death globally and current data shows that incidence rates are increasing. Although there are many factors such as population growth and aging, economic growth, and lifestyle and behavioral factors that play a role in rising cancer rates, mounting scientific evidence also demonstrates that exposure to certain harmful environmental contaminants is contributing to the increased burden of disease.

CHE is excited to bring you this six-part webinar series, which will present the latest research on environmental risk factors for cancers. We will begin with an overview of environmental health and cancer, then dive into the recent scientific literature on occupational exposures, air pollution, water pollution, heavy metals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, pesticides, and cancer risk. Then we will hear presentations on the latest literature on chemical mixtures and cancers and the role of environmental factors in childhood cancers. To close the series, we will look at the disproportionate impact of environmental exposures on marginalized communities. Please join us and sign up for our newsletter for more details and to receive updates. 

Topic one: Environmental Health and Cancer

Series Launch: Multifactorial Origins of Cancer, Case Studies of Environmental Chemicals and Cancer Risks, and a Systems Approach to Prevention

February 19, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET 

Featured Speakers:

  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN)
  • Barbara Cohn, PhD, Director, Child Health and Development Studies and Senior Research Scientist, Public Health Institute, Oakland, California
  • Polly Hoppin, ScD, Research Professor, College of Health Sciences, and Program Director, Environmental Health Initiative, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Topic two: Occupational Exposures, Water Pollution, and Air Pollution

Carcinogen Hazards of Women’s Occupational Chemical Exposures, Nitrates in Drinking Water, and Particulate Matter Composition in Air Pollution

March 4, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET 

Featured Speakers:

  • Elana Silver, MS, is Principal Consultant at Laurelton Research
  • Alexis Temkin, PhD, Toxicologist, Investigations Science Team, Environmental Working Group
  • Alexandra J. White, PhD, MSPH, Stadtman Investigator, Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and lead for the Environment and Cancer Epidemiology group

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Topic three: EDCs, Pesticides, and Heavy Metals

April 15, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET

Featured Speakers:

  • Gail Prins, PhD, Michael Reese Professor of Urology and Physiology; Director, University Andrology Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Taehyun Roh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University
  • Lianne Sheppard, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

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Topic four: Chemical Mixtures

May 20,  2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET

Featured Speakers:

  • Shanaz Dairkee, PhD, Investigator, Sutter Health
  • Nicole Niehoff, PhD, MSPH, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environment and Cancer Epidemiology Group, Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

  • Chris Gennings, PhD, Research Professor, Environmental Medicine & Public Health, Population Health Science and Policy, Mount Sinai

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Topic five: Environmental Contributors to Childhood Cancers

June 3, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET

Featured Speakers:

  • Catherine Metayer, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley, Principal Investigator of the California Childhood Leukemia Study, and Director, Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment
  • Judy Y. Ou PhD, MPH, Research Scientist, Kirchhoff Research Group, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute

  • Shaina Stacy, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

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Topic six: Disparities and Cancer

July 22 at at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET

Featured Speakers:

  • Anita Desikan, MPH, Research Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Carolyn E. Eberle, MPH, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Christine C. Ekenga, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Brown School and Co-Director, Environment and Social Development Initiative, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis 

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