Public Health and Environment (PHE)

17-18 March 2011 / Asturias (Avilés, Gijón), Spain

International Conference on Environmental and Occupational Determinants of Cancer: Interventions for Primary Prevention

Worldwide, cancer is the second leading cause of death. In 2008, there were 7.6 million deaths from cancer, alongside 12.7 million new cases. Roughly 19 per cent of all cancers are estimated to be attributable to the environment, including work settings. Environmental and occupational interventions are therefore vital to reduce cancer incidence; and decreasing exposure to carcinogens can be cost-effective and contribute to the overall well-being of communities.

The first WHO international conference on the primary prevention of cancer through environmental and occupational interventions will take place 17-18 March, hosted by the Government of Spain and Government of the Principality of Asturias.

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12.7 millionnew cancer cases in 2008


Cancer and environment

19%of all cancers are roughly estimated to be attributable to the environment

Ultraviolet radiation

Cancer and environment

1.3 milliondeaths each year

Asbestos-related diseases
Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.