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Publication - Dr Rachel Denholm

    Environmental carcinogen exposure and lifestyle factors affecting cancer risk in Qatar

    findings from a qualitative review


    Denholm, R, Schüz, J, Straif, K, Ali, FMH, Bonas, F, Gjebrea, O, Sifton, C & Olsson, AC, 2016, ‘Environmental carcinogen exposure and lifestyle factors affecting cancer risk in Qatar: findings from a qualitative review’. Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit, vol 22., pp. 219-27


    To meet the country's health goals for 2011-2016, a qualitative review of exposure to risk factors for cancer in Qatar was conducted in 2013. The review included exposure to environmental agents carcinogenic to humans (International Agency for Research on Cancer classification), as well as lifestyle factors known to affect cancer risk. Information from all available sources was assembled and reviewed. The levels of particulate matter reported in Qatar were in the upper range of ambient air pollutants reported internationally, and may influence the country's future lung cancer burden. The limited data on occupational exposure suggests that the greatest risks for workers in the construction industry are likely to be from environmental dust and related air pollutants. The greatest cancer risks for Qatari nationals may be lifestyle factors, particularly obesity, physical inactivity and tobacco use. Extended monitoring of the composition of and human exposure to air pollutants is recommended.

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