Work, Environment and Cancer
We focus on identification of risk factors for cancer in the work- and external environment.
We investigate a number of potential risk factors in the external environment (e.g., air pollution, noise, pesticides and other chemicals) as well as work-related exposures (e.g., shift work, firefighters, welders, seafarers, and IARC group 2A and 2B chemicals).
We have ongoing studies on among others:
- Air pollution and risk for different cancers and other diseases
- Identification of the most harmful components of particulate matter air pollution
- Noise and risk for several cancers and other diseases
- Shift work and risk for different cancers
- Occupational risk factors for breast cancer
- Parental occupational exposures and risk of cancer in offspring
- Fluorinated compounds and risk for breast cancer
We use nationwide and reliable Danish registries intensively, including the Central Population Registry, the Cancer Registry, the Hospitalization Register, the Medical Birth Register the Pension Register and the Medical Prescription register.Further, we use socio-demographic data for the Danish population from registries at Statistics Denmark.
We use different designs ranging from nation-wide cohorts to case-cohort designs based on classical cohorts with biological samples as well as case-control studies.
Identification of risk factors facilitate prevention of cancer. Our results contribute to authorities’ and IARC’s classification of carcinogens and documentation for the Danish National Board on Industrial Injuries.
Group leader: Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
Ole Raaschou-Nielsen's main area of interest is environmental epidemiology. He has been a group leader coordinating this research since 2001 after obtaining his PhD in 1998 at the Danish Cancer Society.
The group has an extended network of collaborators in Denmark, the Nordic countries, Europe and the USA as evidenced by the co-authors of their publications.
National Institute of Health (NIH), USA
Health Effects Institute, USA
Danish Research Council
Danish Working Environment Fund