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Occupational & environmental cancer: recognition and prevention

This module teaches how to recognize occupational and environmental cancer and how to respond to this finding. It is designed for primary healthcare providers (physicians, specialists, nurses) and anyone with an interest in recognizing and preventing occupational and environmental cancer. Insights are provided into how the recognition of cancer risks can lead to prevention. Case studies will highlight the essential points and allow the participants to apply the lessons learned.

The module also includes authoritative carcinogen lists, by chemical, occupation and cancer site, components of an exposure history and how to interpret this, and specific attention is paid to radon and asbestos.

The module consists of free-of-charge online interactive material. Prior to participating the course one needs to register. No download is necessary.


English, French, Spanish

Original Authors:

Members of the National Committee on Environmental and Occupational Exposures (NCEOE), Canada

Original affiliation, ownership:

National Committee on Environmental and Occupational Exposures (NCEOE), Canada

Year of publication:

Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

non-OSH-expert professionals, primary health care providers (physicians, specialists, nurses)

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Fully useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

1 – 2 hours


The module is one of the free courses for public awareness, that are offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
for the French version go to: (ES)
for the Spanish version go to: (FR)

Intellectual property and copyright:

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The module is free to use. However, a general statement on copyrights for all material presented by the CCOHS can be found under . It states the following: “All rights reserved. Permission is granted to electronically copy and to print in hard copy for internal use only. No part of this information may be reproduced, modified, or redistributed in any form or by any means, for any purposes other than those noted above (including sales), without the prior written permission of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).”

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