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OEH Seminar: Asbestos-related lung cancer: An unrecognized health hazard
Friday, November 23, 2018 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: Gage Building, Room 108, 223 College Street (enter off Ross Street), University of Toronto
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar

​​​​​Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

This presentation focuses on asbestos as a risk factor for lung cancer, as well as the epidemiologic data to support the association. Additional discussion includes reasons for the lack of proper recognition of this association, as will the synergism between asbestos and cigarette smoking in causing lung cancer.  The public health implications are significant.  Recognition of these risk factors for lung cancer should provide incentive for smoking cessation in previously-asbestos-exposed groups, and provide basis for use of low-dose chest CT scans to screen for lung cancer in these high risk populations. The issue is of particular relevance to Canadians who have recently taken steps to ban asbestos.

Presenter: Dr.  Christine Oliver

Christine Oliver is an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the DLSPH in Toronto. She previously taught at Harvard Medical School and practiced occupational and environmental medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  She has done research, published, and lectured in the area of occupational lung disease, with a focus on asbestos-related disease.  Dr. Oliver is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and has testified before the U.S. Congress and OSHA on issues related to asbestos and other toxic workplace exposures.

The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


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