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5 April 2011

WHO prioritises environmental and occupational cancer risks

"Decreasing, and eventually eliminating the exposure to environmental and occupational carcinogens is the most effective way to prevent a number of cancers," according to the World Health Organization (WHO) in a press release following a meeting in Asturias, Spain, 17-18 March 2011.

WHO has put environmental and occupational factors in first place in the primary prevention of cancer as the outcome of this meeting and the launch of the Asturias Pledge.

"Many environmental and occupational factors, including certain chemicals, radiation and airborne particles, can cause cancer," said Dr Maria Neira, Director for Public Health and Environment at WHO. "These cancers could be prevented and reduced by changes in national and international policy to limit people’s involuntary exposure to these substances."

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