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Insights Into Cancer – March 13, 2012

Environmental Exposures and Cancer

Presented by Gina M. Solomon, M.D, MPH

About the Lecture

Many people with cancer have questions about what may have caused their disease. People often worry about environmental exposures to chemicals, pesticides, or other pollutants. For a single individual, it may be impossible to draw a link between an environmental exposure and cancer, but important new research is providing evidence of links between exposures to contaminants in the environment and increased risk of cancer. Many chemicals that are known to cause cancer are widespread in our workplaces, our communities, and even in our homes. This presentation covers information about some of the most common carcinogens in our environment, a discussion of the remaining questions and scientific uncertainties, and ideas for action to reduce exposure to chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer.

About the Speaker

Gina M. Solomon, M.D, MPH is a board-certified internist and specialist in preventive medicine and occupational and environmental medicine. She is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where she is also the director of the occupational and environmental medicine residency program. Dr. Solomon serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Toxicology Program, is on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Exposure Assessment for the 21st Century, and is on the California Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel. Dr. Solomon has authored over 45 articles and reports, and is co-author of the book, Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment, published by MIT Press. Dr. Solomon received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, attended medical school at Yale, and did her residency and fellowship training at Harvard.

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