Cancer and the environment: what everyone needs to know

    Award winning author and noted US scientist Dr. Devra Davis explores the
    connection in a public forum in Toronto

    TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - Scientists have long known about the
environmental causes of cancer yet very little was ever done to stop cancer
causing materials from becoming part of our communities and workplaces, says
Dr. Devra Davis, award-winning US scientist and best-selling author.
    In her book "The Secret History of the War on Cancer", Dr. Davis reveals
what was known about the causes of cancer, when and by whom. She argues that
over 40 million deaths could have been prevented if more attention had been
paid to the causes of the disease rather than treating its symptoms.
    In a public lecture in Toronto, Dr. Davis will examine how exposures in
the workplace and in the broader environment are contributing to the cancer
epidemic. She will also talk about how we can take individual and collective
action to do something about it.

                         Date: Monday April 7, 2008

                               Time: 7:00 p.m.

                         Location: OISE auditorium,
                             252 Bloor St. West

    About the author

    Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H, heads up the United State's first center
for environmental oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Dr. Davis is professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public Health, visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon
University's Heinz School, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene
and Tropical Medicine and expert advisor to the World Health Organization. She
is the author of more than 170 scientific publications and the editor of 11
books, including When Smoke Ran Like Water, a finalist for the 2002 National
Book Award for nonfiction.

For further information:

For further information: Bob Kanduth, (416) 510-8713 ext. 1

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