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Document ID (ISN)111273
CIS number 10-0813
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) MacFarlane E., Benke G., Del Monaco A., Sim M.R.
Title Cancer incidence and mortality in a historical cohort of Australian pest control workers
Bibliographic information Dec. 2009, Vol.66, No.12, p.818-823. 30 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the rates of mortality and incident cancer in a historical cohort of pest control operators, assembled from former state government occupational health surveillance programmes. This cohort was linked to the Australian national registries of cancer and mortality and the results were compared with the general Australian population rates. 125 deaths and 89 incident cancers were found during the periods of observation (mortality 1983-2004 and cancer 1983-2002). Overall cancer incidence and mortality rates were not found to be significantly different from the general population. Among the specific causes of death, suicide (standardized mortality ratio; SMR 1.78) and unintentional falls (SMR 4.57) were significantly in excess, although the latter was based on only four deaths. Melanoma was the only specific incident cancer found significantly in excess (standardized incidence ratio 1.56).
Descriptors (primary) New South Wales; pesticides; mortality; cancer; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; statistical evaluation; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology