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Document ID (ISN)107094
CIS number 07-1076
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Purdue M.P., Jńrvholm B., Bergdahl I.A., Hayes R.B., Baris D.
Title Occupational exposures and head and neck cancers among Swedish construction workers
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.32, No.4, p.270-275. 49 ref.
Abstract The relationship between selected occupational exposures and cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx and larynx was investigated using data from a large cohort of Swedish construction workers. Altogether 510 squamous cell carcinomas (171 in the oral cavity, 112 in the pharynx, 227 in the larynx) were identified during 1971-2001 among 307,799 male construction workers. Exposures to diesel exhaust, asbestos, organic solvents, metal dust, asphalt, wood dust, stone dust, mineral wool and cement dust were assessed using a job-exposure matrix. Rate ratios (RR) were calculated for these cancers in relation to occupational exposure, using Poisson regression with adjustment for age and smoking status. Asbestos exposure was related to an increased laryngeal cancer incidence (RR 1.9). Excesses of pharyngeal cancer were observed among workers exposed to cement dust (RR 1.9). No occupational exposures were associated with oral cavity cancer. These findings did not materially change upon additional adjustment for smoking.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; laryngeal cancer; job-exposure relation; oral cancer; construction industry; pharyngeal cancer
Descriptors (secondary) airborne dust; mineral dust; wood dust; diesel engines; male workers; earthmoving equipment; organic solvents; exhaust gases; bitumen; cement; cohort study; asbestos
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden; USA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mouth and teeth diseases
Construction industry and civil engineering
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)