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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention
 

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch Research Areas

Investigators in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) conduct studies in the United States and abroad to identify and evaluate environmental and workplace exposures that may be associated with cancer risk. Areas include:

Industrial and Occupational Exposures
Investigators have identified many chemicals that cause cancer in humans, and they have provided direction for initiatives aimed at reducing or eliminating these carcinogens in the workplace and elsewhere.

Environmental Exposures
Investigators conduct studies of environmental exposures to known or suspected carcinogens including—but not limited to—indoor air pollution, outdoor air pollution, arsenic, water disinfection byproducts, and nitrate.

Exposure Assessment Methods
Evaluation of exposure-response relationships is a crucial component in assessment of causes of cancer. Investigators devote considerable effort to improving exposure assessment techniques and evaluating the reliability and validity of procedures used in cohort and case-control studies of occupational and environmental exposures.