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Document ID (ISN)107251
CIS number 07-1295
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meguellati-Hakkas D., Cyr D., Stücker I., Févotte J., Pilorget C., Luce D., Guénel P.
Title Lung cancer mortality and occupational exposure to asbestos among telephone linemen: A historical cohort study in France
Bibliographic information Nov. 2006, Vol.48, No.11, p.1166-1172. 20 ref.
Abstract The objective of this cohort study was to analyse mortality from lung cancer in telephone linemen exposed to low levels of asbestos during the installation of telephone cables. A total of 308 lung cancer deaths were identified in the cohort. Exposure to asbestos and other occupational carcinogens was assessed using a job-exposure matrix. The relative risk for lung cancer death associated with an estimated exposure of approximately 2 fibres/cc-years was 2.1 as compared with workers exposed to less than 0.5 fibres/cc-years. Mean annual exposure or exposure duration were not clearly related to lung cancer. Adjustment for other occupational lung carcinogens did not change this finding. The observed mortality by lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure at low levels is higher than the prediction based on linear extrapolations from data on highly exposed occupational cohorts.
Descriptors (primary) France; asbestos; mortality; risk factors; cable laying; telecommunications; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) fibre counts; exposure evaluation; prediction; job-exposure relation; cohort study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Asbestos
Communications industry
Trenching and excavating