chemical carcinogenesis

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chemical carcinogenesis

The induction of malignancy by a known or putative chemical carcinogen, which can be occupational (e.g., aromatic amines, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chromium ores, soots, tars, vinyl chloride), environmental (e.g., aflatoxin, asbestos, tobacco) or iatrogenic (e.g., alkylating agents, anabolic steroids, phenacetin).
Initiation of the carcinogenic cascade occurs when an electrophilically reactive chemical (initiator) or, more often, one or more of its metabolites interacts with DNA, and repair of the damaged DNA is unsuccessful; this is followed by a sequence of events known as tumour promotion.


production of cancer.

biological carcinogenesis
viruses and some parasites are capable of initiating neoplasia. See viral oncogenesis, Spirocercalupi.
chemical carcinogenesis
numerous chemicals have been identified as carcinogenic.
physical carcinogenesis
includes ultraviolet radiation, ionizing radiation and asbestos.
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In 1984 the NTP Board of Scientific Counselor's Ad Hoc Panel on Chemical Carcinogenesis Testing and Evaluation report recommended that the NTP "establish a goal of better understanding mechanisms by developing a battery of short-term tests that measures the widest possible number of end points (including promotion, transformation, and chemical interaction with oncogenes)" (NTP 1984).
Selikoff Clinical Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine); Lorenzo Tomatis, then chief of the Unit of Chemical Carcinogenesis, International Agency for Research on Cancer (later director of IARC); and Arthur Upton, then director of the National Cancer Institute.