Environmental and Occupational Exposures (UV Exposure, Radon, Radiation)
Cancer risk is affected by a number of things in our environment, including ultraviolet light, radiation, radon and occupational exposures.
All About Sun Safety
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.
Tanning Beds Are NOT a Safe Alternative to Sunbathing!
Many people turn to tanning booths to get a quick tan, but this practice has led to an epidemic of skin cancer in young people. Get the facts!
Dark Skin and Skin Cancer Risk
People with brown or dark skin, including black, Asian, Latino, and Native Americans, may think they are not at risk for skin cancer because they do not "tan." People with darker skin have a lower risk of skin cancer but there is still a risk.
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.
Radon and Lung Cancer
Most people are aware that smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. However, you may not know that the second leading cause of lung cancer — radon - may be lurking, undetected, in your basement.
Asbestos and Cancer Risk
"Asbestos" is a group of minerals that are made up of thin fibers. Asbestos fibers remain in the lungs for a long time. This can cause inflammation, which can develop into cancer.
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.
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.
Veterans, Military Service, and Cancer Risk
This article provides an overview of increased risk factors for cancer diagnosis in veterans as well as types of exposure and cancers associated with this exposure. Information regarding accessing health care and disability support services through the Veterans Administration (VA) is also provided.
9/11 Exposure and Cancer Risk
This article provides an overview of services available to first responders and other civilians living/working near ground zero in New York City and first responders at the Pentagon and Shanksville who may have been exposed to hazardous materials during and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and may have developed cancer and/or other health and mental health conditions.
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.
Accidental Radiation Exposure
Information on exposure to radiation from an accident or atomic bomb.