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Document ID (ISN)106617
CIS number 07-576
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Reid A., de Klerk N.H., Ambrosini G.L., Berry G., Musk A.W.
Title The risk of lung cancer with increasing time since ceasing exposure to asbestos and quitting smoking
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.63, No.8, p.509-512. 23 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to examine whether the risk of lung cancer declines with increasing time since ceasing exposure to asbestos and quitting smoking, and to determine the relative asbestos effect between non-smokers and current smokers. It was conducted in the form of a cohort study of 2935 former workers of an Australian asbestos mine and mill who responded to a questionnaire on smoking first issued in 1979 and for whom quantitative estimates of asbestos exposure were known. Conditional logistic regression was used to relate asbestos exposure, smoking category and risk of lung cancer. Findings are discussed. Persons exposed to asbestos and tobacco but who subsequently quit remain at an increased risk for lung cancer up to 20 years later. This study emphasizes the importance of smoking prevention programmes among these workers at high risk of lung cancer.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; smoking; asbestos mining; synergism; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) asbestos processing industry; Australia; long-term study; cohort study; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying
Smoking
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Asbestos