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Document ID (ISN)104661
CIS number 06-138
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mills P.K., Yang R.
Title Prostate cancer risk in California farm workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 2003, Vol.45, No.3, p.249-258. 41 ref.
Internet access 06-0138.pdf [in English]
Abstract A nested case-control study of prostate cancer was conducted within a large cohort of predominantly Hispanic unionized farm workers in California. 222 newly-diagnosed cases of prostate cancer were identified for the years 1988 through 1999, and 1110 age-matched controls were randomly selected from the remainder of the cancer-free cohort. It was found that the risk of prostate cancer was not associated with any particular crop. Increasing duration of union affiliation was associated with decreasing prostate cancer risk. Although risk was not associated with total pounds of pesticides applied in the years and regions where farm workers were employed, risk increased with specific chemicals, including simazine, lindane, and heptachlor, and suggestive increases were observed with dichlorvos and methyl bromide. Farm workers exposed to higher levels of these compounds had an elevated risk of prostate cancer compared to workers with lower levels of exposure.
Descriptors (primary) California; agriculture; prostatic cancer; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) herbicides; USA; methyl bromide; heptachlor; case-control study; simazine; dichlorvos; fumigants; lindane
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the reproductive system
Agricultural chemicals