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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada, and outdoor workers are at high risk of exposure to the sun. Despite this, no measurements of solar ultraviolet radiation have been done in Canada. In contrast, sun exposure provides health benefits via vitamin D production, and people with occupational exposure could have reduced risk of certain cancers. This talk will discuss the results of Dr. Peters’ research, which have shown high levels of solar UV radiation among outdoor construction workers in Vancouver and a reduced risk of prostate cancer among outdoor workers in a national case-control study.
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Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Peters
Dr. Cheryl Peters completed her PhD in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia in 2015. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON and also the Occupational Exposures Lead Scientist at CAREX Canada, where she develops estimates of the prevalence and level of exposure to occupational carcinogens in Canada. Her research interests focus on the importance of appropriate exposure assessment in occupational epidemiology, with a particular interest in solar ultraviolet radiation exposure, and the impacts of sex and gender on occupational exposures and health outcomes.
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