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Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/9/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title National Cancer Prevention Month and Identifying Environmental Carcinogens and Other Hazardous Substances
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides environmental and industrial hygiene testing services to identify chemical, radiological and biological hazards to protect the public and workers from exposure risks.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey, February 9, 2024

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as recently as 2020, there were over 1,603,000 new cancer cases reported in the United States that year. Tragically, 602,347 people also died that year from cancer.

To help raise awareness about the fight against cancer, the month of February is designated as National Cancer Prevention Month. It is an annual opportunity to educate the public about the many ways they can lower their chances of developing cancer through healthy living and by avoiding exposure to carcinogens in the home or on the job.

There are many factors, such as family history, diet and exercise that can potentially impact a person’s chances of developing cancer over their lifetime. Environmental exposure to known and probable carcinogens in the home or workplace can be a factor. For example, exposure to tobacco smoke, radon, formaldehyde and asbestos have all been linked to various forms of cancer.

“In the workplace, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health warns that millions of U.S. workers are exposed to substances that have been tested as carcinogens in animal studies or found to be possibly carcinogenic in human studies,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The agency has published a list of potential occupational carcinogens that includes everything from diesel exhaust and asphalt fumes to wood dust, benzene and crystalline silica to name a few. To help prevent exposure to environmental carcinogens and hazardous substances on the job or in homes and schools, EMSL Analytical proudly offers testing services. Our environmental and industrial hygiene laboratories can analyze samples for a wide range of known and suspected carcinogens from air, water, soil, dust, surface and bulk material samples. EMSL also provides sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and air monitoring instruments to identify exposure risks.”

Several years ago, EMSL sponsored an educational video about National Cancer Prevention Month that can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/d3twvxX1j4o

To learn more about this or other indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, environmental, health and safety testing resources, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800)220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. For access to environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

 

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.


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