Cancer Concerns in the Environment

For an environmental contaminant to cause cancer or other diseases, there must be a completed pathway through which the contaminant travels to the human body. This could occur through air, water, food, or direct contact with the skin. Most environmental health scientists believe that only a small proportion of all cancers are related to toxic substances.

The public may report concerns about cancer and the environment to the Cancer Surveillance Unit. CSU responds to reports of concerns about cancer and the environment with the assistance of the person who reported the cancers.

Known Contaminated Sites

The Site Remediation Program at the Department of Environmental Protection maintains an interactive report of Known Contaminated Sites of New Jersey (KCSNJ).


Last Reviewed: 2/21/2017