Free E-Course Helps Healthcare Providers Recognize and Prevent Occupational Cancer

Hamilton, ON (May 6, 2011) – People from all over the world encounter carcinogens in their workplace or environment, and sometimes this exposure will cause cancer. To help teach primary health care providers how to recognize and respond to these cancers, an e-course was developed by the National Committee on Environment and Occupational Exposures and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Occupational and Environmental Cancer: Recognition and Prevention teaches participants in English, French or Spanish, which agents cause cancer and what can be done to recognize occupational or environmental cancer in a person with past exposures. More importantly, advice is provided on how to prevent cancer in those with current or ongoing exposures. Healthcare providers will learn how to conduct and interpret an exposure history, and follow up on their conclusions.

This course contains authoritative lists of these cancer-causing substances, accessible by chemical, by occupation or by cancer location. This course also includes case studies about people who were exposed to radon or asbestos.

Occupational and Environmental Cancer: Recognition and Prevention is intended for doctors, medical specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers, or anyone with an interest in recognizing and preventing occupational and environmental cancer.

This e-course is a collaborative project of the National Committee on Environment and Occupational Exposures and CCOHS; and was funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer through the Primary Prevention Action Group. It is offered free of charge and is available in English, French and Spanish. The Spanish version was developed by the Pan American Health Organization and contains additional information relevant to Latin American countries.

This e-course meets the same strict standards as all CCOHS courses. Representatives from labour, business and government have ensured the content and approach are unbiased, credible and technically accurate.

For more information on Occupational and Environmental Cancer: Recognition and Prevention, in any of its language formats, please visit the CCOHS website.








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