Environmental Factors (UV Exposure, Radon, Radiation)

Environmental Factors (UV Exposure, Radon, Radiation)

Cancer risk is affected by a number of things in our environment, including ultraviolet light, radiation, radon and occupational exposures.


Dark Skinned Individuals and Skin Cancer Risk

Brown skinned individuals, including black, Asian, Latino and Native Americans, often have a false sense of security when it comes to skin cancer risk. While it is true that darker skinned individuals have a lower risk of skin cancer, they are not immune.

Medical Testing Using Radiation and Cancer Risk

There has been much talk in the media about the risk of developing cancer due to radiation exposure from radiology tests. While there have not been studies following people over time to assess for cancer risk, there are studies on the amount of radiation received in these tests.

Sun Exposure and Cancer Risk

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, either by natural sunlight or tanning beds, can lead to skin cancer. Learn about sun safety and checking your skin to detect problems early.

Radiation Exposure in the Workplace

Information for people in professions that may be at increased risk for cancer due to occupational radiation exposure, including medical radiologic technicians, aircrews, radium dial luminisers, underground hard-rock miners, Chernobyl clean-up workers, nuclear weapons test participants, and nuclear industry workers.

Cancer Risks Related to Occupational Exposures

Certain occupational exposures are known to increase cancer risk. These include hydrocarbons, heavy metals, mustard gas and chemicals used in leather, rubber and woodworking industries.

Asbestos and Cancer Risk

"Asbestos" refers to a group of minerals that are made up of thin fibers. Asbestos fibers remain in the lungs for a long time, causing inflammation, which can develop into cancer.

Sun Safety: Being sun-smart is being cancer-smart!

Sun (UVA and UVB rays) exposure can predispose to all types of skin cancers (melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell cancers). Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but being "sun smart" can reduce your risk.

Blogs

Breast Cancer and Beauty Products
by The 4Wholeness Team
May 12, 2015

Daily Cancer Risk Fact: Odorless Gas (Radon)
by Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN
April 9, 2012

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