Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Carcinogens in the Air

Updated: October 1st, 2018

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about carcinogens in the air.

Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also included links to the papers, where available. Most of the papers are found on the National Institute of Health’s online library, PubMed.

An alternative approach for investigating the carcinogenicity of indoor air pollution: pets as sentinels of environmental cancer risk. J A Bukowski and D Wartenberg. Environ Health Perspect. 1997 December; 105(12): 1312–1319.

Environmental tobacco smoke and canine urinary cotinine level, Bertone-Johnson, E.R. et al. Environ Res. 2008 March; 106(3): 361–364.

Passive Smoking and Canine Lung Cancer Risk, John S. Reif, et al. Am. J. Epidemiol. (1992) 135 (3): 234-239.

Carcinogenicity studies of inhaled cigarette smoke in laboratory animals: old and new. Hecht SS. Carcinogenesis. 2005 Sep;26(9):1488-92. Epub 2005 Jun 1. Review. Erratum in: Carcinogenesis. 2005 Nov;26(11):2029.

The following is an article which concludes that cigarette smoke does not cause cancer in the animals studied, (by the way, it’s funded by Lorillard Tobacco Company):
A review of chronic inhalation studies with mainstream cigarette smoke, in hamsters, dogs, and nonhuman primates. Coggins CR. Toxicol Pathol. 2001 Sep-Oct;29(5):550-7. Review.

Metabolic activation of carcinogenic aromatic amines by dog bladder and kidney prostaglandin H synthase. Wise RW, et al. Cancer Res. 1984 May;44(5):1893-7.

Cancer risk assessment, indicators, and guidelines for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the ambient air. Boström CE, et al. Environ Health Perspect. 2002 Jun;110 Suppl 3:451-88. Review.

Role of radical cations in aromatic hydrocarbon carcinogenesis. Cavalieri, E and Rogan, E. Environ Health Perspect. 1985 December; 64: 69–84.

Nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: a risk assessment for the urban citizen. Möller L, Lax I, Eriksson LC. Environ Health Perspect. 1993 Oct;101 Suppl 3:309-15.

Indoor levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in homes with or without wood burning for heating. Gustafson P, Ostman C, Sällsten G. Environ Sci Technol. 2008 Jul 15;42(14):5074-80.

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