Special Issue "3rd Etnean Occupational Medicine Workshop—Breast Cancer and Work"

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Caterina Ledda

Clinical pathology and Clinical molecular biology Unit, Garibaldi Hospital of Catania, Catania, Italy
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Interests: Occupational Medicine; Biomarkers; Toxicology; Epidemiology
Guest Editor
Prof. Venerando Rapisarda

Occupational Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
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Interests: Occupational Medicine; Toxicology; Inflammation; Carcinogenesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to promote the workshop “Breast cancer and work”, scheduled on 1 February 2019, at the University of Catania, Italy. The meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary group of oncologist, pathologists, epidemiologists and occupational physicians, all with extensive experience in breast cancer research.

Breast cancer, the most frequently occurring cancer in women, is a major public health problem, with over 1 million estimated new cases worldwide and nearly 459,000 related deaths. Breast cancer is highly heterogeneous in its pathological characteristics, with some cases showing slow growth with excellent prognosis, while others are aggressive tumors with widespread metastasis. Current predictions and statistics suggest that both the worldwide incidence of breast cancer and related mortality are on the rise. It has been predicted that the worldwide incidence of female breast cancer will reach approximately 3.2 million new cases per year by 2050. These numbers reflect the magnitude of breast cancer incidence, its effect on society worldwide and the urgent need for preventive and treatment measures. Breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age; most of them are diagnosed in women over 50.

Some breast cancer risks factors may be preventable. Traditional risk factors for breast cancer include reproductive status, genetic mutations, family history and lifestyle. However, increasing evidence has identified an association between breast cancer and occupational/environmental factors.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to gather general updates on breast cancer and other more specific information related to the workplace and environmental factors.

Dr. Caterina Ledda
Prof. Venerando Rapisarda
Guest Editors

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  • Breast cancer
  • BRCA
  • night-shift work
  • occupational exposure
  • workplace
  • epigenetics

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