Monthly Archives: December 2020

The Bigger Picture – The Trouble with Chimneys: From Percival Potts to Archibald Leitch

Links between occupational risks and cancer Percival Potts entered epidemiological folklore for providing one of the first links between occupational exposures and specific cancers…namely scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps. And, to be clear, it was squamous cell carcinoma of the skin of the scrotum, not testicular cancer. And what was both striking and shocking about […]

Chimney sweeps attack deadly pollution crisis

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA — Soot and ash spurt from the stove as Sukhbaatar Jizaabandi pounded it with a hammer. Dust fills the air, caught by sunlight streaming through a window. Gloved hands, Sukhbaatar shovels the soot into a bucket. At first glance, Sukhbaatar’s job as a government-hired chimney sweep seems like a prosaic necessity in a […]