Cancer and the Environment
Cancer is a group of many related diseases that involve the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells within the body. The causes of most cancers are unknown. Cancers may be caused by characteristics that are inherited through our genes, things we are exposed to in our environment, or a combination of both. The Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) conducts scientific studies of environmental exposures and cancer. The Branch also may investigate if a community has been found to have an excess of a cancer and there is concern that an environmental exposure may be related (these are sometimes referred to as "cancer clusters"). Below are a list of EHIB cancer research papers, reports, and investigation summaries.