Huntington Beach, California, February 7, 2023
The California Cancer Registry reports that close to 1.5 million Californians have a history of cancer and that more than 175,000 residents will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year. Nationwide, the National Cancer Institute estimates there were over 1,918,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the United States last year and that more than 609,000 people would die from cancer that year.
There are more than 100 types of cancer that are known to exist. For some people diagnosed with cancer, their case could be attributed to preventable causes. 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 work environment, the number of known and suspected carcinogens is expansive. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides a list of substances the agency considers to be potential occupational carcinogens that contains well over 100 substances. It includes everything from diesel exhaust and wood dust to gasoline, formaldehyde and crystalline silica. Tragically, some workers in California are exposed to these materials, dusts, fumes, fibers and gases each day.
“To raise awareness of ways to avert new cancer cases, the month of February is designated as National Cancer Prevention Month,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “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 and on the job.”
LA Testing supports the efforts of National Cancer Prevention Month all year long with environmental and industrial hygiene testing services for carcinogens and other hazardous substances. They also supply air monitoring instruments, easy-to-use test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers and residents across California. These services and resources are also instrumental in helping companies and institutions comply with health and safety regulations.
Several years back, LA Testing 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 (IAQ), industrial hygiene, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.