Work, Environment and Cancer

Group leader: Ole Raaschou-Nielsen

Our aim is to identify risk factors for cancer in the work- and external environment, to facilitate prevention of cancer. Our results contribute to authorities’ classification of carcinogens and documentation for the Danish National Board on Industrial Injuries.

We have an extended network of collaborators in Denmark, Europe and the USA. We use data from the Danish registers on e.g. residential or employment histories, measurements in the environment, drinking water and work places, and exposure models.

Ole Raaschou-Nielsen

Ole Raaschou-Nielsen

My main area of interest is environmental epidemiology, and I have been a group leader coordinating this research since 2001 after obtaining my PhD in 1998 at the Danish Cancer Society.

Our group investigates risk for cancer in association with environmental exposures (e.g. noise, pesticides, air pollution, chemicals) as well as work-related exposures (e.g. shift work).

We also investigate survival after cancer in relation to lifestyle and selected environmental or work-related exposures.

Group members

 Senior scientists Johnni Hansen
Ulla Hvidtfeldt
Nina Roswall
  Mette Sørensen
Staff scientist Aslak Harbo Poulsen
Postdocs Tahir Taj
Jesse Thacher
 PhD student Julie Elbæk Pedersen

Five selected publications:

Eriksen, K. T., McElroy, J. A., Harrington, J. M., Levine, K. E., Pedersen, C., Sørensen, M., Tjønneland, A., Meliker, J. R., Raaschou-Nielsen, O.
Urinary cadmium and breast cancer: A prospective Danish cohort study.
J.Natl.Cancer Inst. 2017: 109(2)

Raaschou-Nielsen, O., Andersen, Z. J., Beelen, R., Samoli, E., Stafoggia, M., Weinmayr, G., Hoffmann, B., Fischer, P., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., Brunekreef, B., Xun, W. W., Katsouyanni, K., Dimakopoulou, K., Sommar, J., Forsberg, B., Modig, L., Oudin, A., Oftedal, B., Schwarze, P. E., Nafstad, P., De, Faire U., Pedersen, N. L., Ostenson, C. G., Fratiglioni, L., Penell, J., Korek, M., Pershagen, G., Eriksen, K. T., Sørensen, M., Tjønneland, A., Ellermann, T., Eeftens, M., Peeters, P. H., Meliefste, K., Wang, M., Bueno-de-Mesquita, B., Key, T. J., de Hoogh, K., Concin, H., Nagel, G., Vilier, A., Grioni, S., Krogh, V., Tsai, M. Y., Ricceri, F., Sacerdote, C., Galassi, C., Migliore, E., Ranzi, A., Cesaroni, G., Badaloni, C., Forastiere, F., Tamayo, I., Amiano, P., Dorronsoro, M., Trichopoulou, A., Bamia, C., Vineis, P., Hoek, G.
Air pollution and lung cancer incidence in 17 European cohorts: prospective analyses from the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE).
Lancet Oncol. 2013: 14(9), 813-822

Hansen, J.
Night shift work and risk of breast cancer.
Curr.Environ.Health Rep. 2017: 4(3), 325-339

Sørensen, M., Ketzel, M., Overvad, K., Tjønneland, A., Raaschou-Nielsen, O.
Exposure to road traffic and railway noise and postmenopausal breast cancer: A cohort study.
Int.J.Cancer 2014: 134(11), 2691-2698

Roswall, N., Raaschou-Nielsen, O., Ketzel, M., Overvad, K., Halkjær, J., Sørensen, M.
Modeled traffic noise at the residence and colorectal cancer incidence: a cohort study.
Cancer Causes Control 2017: 28(7), 745-753


Ole Raaschou-Nielsen