Cancer remains a devastating health crisis forty years after the declaration of war on the disease. People with cancer are living longer, thanks to improved treatment and earlier detection, but the incidence of many types of cancer continues to rise – cancers with strong links to environmental and occupational exposures.

Catalyzing Change

Lowell Center faculty and staff conduct and track research on the role of environmental and occupational exposures in the cancer epidemic, and develop tools and strategies for reducing the use of toxic chemicals that contribute to the disease.

We publish journal articles, reports and fact sheets that translate studies on links between industrial chemicals and pesticides and various types of cancer, and trends in exposure and disease. These analyses are the basis for our work to advance solutions through strategic engagement of stakeholders. We are responding to the urgency of the cancer burden and the role of environmental and occupational exposures with these initiatives:

  • Green Chemistry and Commerce Council – Convening nearly 100 businesses to mainstream and advance green chemistry throughout the supply chain.
  • Alternatives Assessment – Advancing the informed substitution of carcinogenic and other toxic chemicals with safer alternatives.
  • National Cancer Free Economy Network – Co-founding and leading the development on of a national network comprised of dozens of organizations with a shared vision: “Within one generation, we will lift the human burden of cancer and other diseases by driving a dramatic and equitable transition from toxic substances to safe and healthy alternatives.
  • Supporting Local Cancer Free Economies – Transitioning local small businesses away from the use of carcinogens and other toxics. (Links to Cancer-free Economy page – “Supporting Local Cancer Free Economies” below.

View our publications.