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.

Five selected publications:

Eriksen KT, McElroy JA, Harrington JM, Levine KE, Pedersen C, Sorensen M, Tjønneland A, Meliker JR, and Raaschou-Nielsen O. Urinary Cadmium and Breast Cancer: A Prospective Danish Cohort Study. J Natl Cancer Inst 2016 109(2): djw204

Raaschou-Nielsen O, Andersen ZJ, Beelen R, Samoli E, Stafoggia M, Weinmayr G, Hoffmann B, Fischer P, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Brunekreef B, Xun WW, Katsouyanni K, Dimakopoulou K, Sommar J, Forsberg B, Modig L, Oudin A, Oftedal B, Schwarze PE, Nafstad P, De Faire U, Pedersen NL, Ostenson CG, Fratiglioni L, Penell J, Korek M, Pershagen G, Eriksen KT, Sorensen M, Tjønneland A, Ellermann T, Eeftens M, Peeters PH, Meliefste K, Wang M, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Key TJ, de Hoogh K, Concin H, Nagel G, Vilier A, Grioni S, Krogh V, Tsai MY, 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; 14:813-22.

Hansen J. Night Shift Work and Risk of Breast Cancer. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2017 Sep;4(3):325-339.

Sørensen M, Ketzel M, Overvad K, Tjønneland A, Raaschou-Nielsen O (2014) Exposure to road traffic and railway noise and postmenopausal breast cancer: a cohort study. Int J Cancer, 134:2691-8.

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


Ole Raaschou-Nielsen