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Arsenic, well water and cancer in Nova Scotia

There’s nothing like a refreshing glass of cold water. In Nova Scotia, however, that water may well contain arsenic – and arsenic is known to cause cancer, specifically, bladder and kidney cancers.
Nathalie StJacques
Cancer Care Nova Scotia epidemiologist Nathalie Saint-Jacques is mapping these cancers and arsenic levels across the province. Her research – a first – is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Nathalie recently won a prestigious CIHR Doctoral Award, the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, which will enable her to conduct her research for the next three years.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia epidemiologist, Nathalie Saint-Jacques

  Nathalie’s research supervisors are: Dr. Louise Parker, Senior Epidemiologist, Chair in Population Cancer Research and professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; and Dr. Trevor Dummer, Health Geographer, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University.

Funding partners for her research include: Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundations, and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia provides in-kind support.

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