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Document ID (ISN)104123
CIS number 05-340
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kvam B.M.N., Romundstad P.R., Boffetta P., Andersen A.
Title Cancer in the Norwegian printing industry
Bibliographic information Feb. 2005, Vol.31, No.1, p.36-43. 62 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate cancer risk among Norwegian workers in the printing industry, particularly lung and bladder cancer. Cancer incidence was investigated from 1953 through 1998 in a cohort of 10,549 male members of a trade union in the printing industry in Oslo and surrounding regions. Smoking data from a sample of the cohort were used for evaluating the risk of smoking-related cancers. Among the skilled workers, significantly elevated risks of cancer of the urinary bladder (standardized incidence ratio (SIR) 1.47), liver (SIR 1.92), pancreas (SIR 1.46) and colon (SIR 1.27) were observed, whereas an increased risk of lung cancer in this group was confined to those born before 1910. Among the unskilled workers, there were significantly increased risks of cancer of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, larynx, lung, and all sites. However, no specific agent could be identified as an occupational carcinogen. The results did not support the hypothesis of a generally increased risk of lung cancer. The risk pattern for unskilled workers may reflect confounding by non-occupational factors.
Descriptors (primary) printing industry; cancer; lung cancer; Norway
Descriptors (secondary) oesophageal carcinoma; laryngeal cancer; bladder tumour; frequency rates; oral cancer; liver cancer; hazard evaluation; tumour of the pancreas
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance; Norway
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)