“Despite the fact that large resources are invested in cancer research, occupational cancers are still all too common”
18th of November 2020
Course leader presentation: Pernilla Wiebert
Assessment of Cancer Risk
4th – 6th of May 2021, The Westman Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
What is your background?
I am a certified occupational hygienist with a PhD-degree in Occupational Medicine. I have been working in the field for twenty years, and mainly worked with chemical and physical exposure assessment in patients who come to our clinic. My research is focused on methods for occupational exposure assessment in epidemiological studies, especially the development of job-exposure matrices for the Swedish labor market. The matrices include information of about forty hazardous air borne exposure agents, many of which are carcinogens.
Why do you think assessment of cancer risk is an important and current issue to discuss in 2021?
All occupational cancers can be prevented, but despite the fact that large resources are invested in cancer research, occupational cancers are still all too common. In order to improve cancer prevention, clinicians, researchers and other professionals working with cancer issues have to keep up with developments in the field.
What would you like to say to the participants of the course?
After attending the course, you will have a better understanding of how exposure assessment for carcinogenic agents is done. You have also gained an overview of the different methods available for identifying carcinogens and will know how to investigate accumulation of cancer cases in a population.