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Document ID (ISN)100008
CIS number 02-1251
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Andersson E., Hagberg S., Nilsson T., Persson B., Wingren G., TorÚn K.
Title A case-referent study of cancer mortality among sulfate mill workers in Sweden
Bibliographic information May 2001, Vol.58, No.5, p.321-324. 24 ref.
Abstract To investigate whether workers in Swedish sulfate pulp mills have an increased risk of death from certain malignancies, 2480 men aged 40-75 at death during 1960-89 in the parishes surrounding four sulfate mills were studied. Exposure assessment was based on information from the personnel files in the mills. It was observed that among all sulfate mill workers, the odds ratio (OR) for death from lung cancer was 1.6, pleural mesotheliomas 9.5, brain tumours 2.6, and liver or biliary tract cancer 2.3. There was an increased mortality from leukaemia among workers in the soda recovery plant (5.9) and bleaching plant and digester house (2.8). In conclusion, sulfate mill workers were at increased risk of dying from lung cancer and pleural mesotheliomas, probably due to exposure to asbestos. Increased risks of brain tumours and cancers of the liver or biliary tract were also found but the aetiology is not obvious.
Descriptors (primary) mortality; paper and paper products industry; sulfates; cancer
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; brain cancer; frequency rates; lung cancer; hazard evaluation; pleural mesothelioma
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Paper and paper products industry