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Document ID (ISN)108065
CIS number 08-600
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-173-6 (fr); 978-2-89631-175-0 (En)
Year 2007
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-519 (fr) Studies and research projects R-520 (En)
Author(s) McGregor D.
Title Risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in firemen
Original title Risque de lymphome non hodgkinien chez les pompiers [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2007. i, 23p. Illus. 61 ref. Price: CAD 7.35. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access [in English] [in French]
Abstract The objective of this literature survey was to evaluate the risk of developing certain types of cancer among firemen. It resulted in the publication of several reports. This report addresses the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Firefighting involves exposure to possible carcinogenic substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, 1,3-butadiene and diesel emissions. Some publications have hypothesized that these chemicals could be involved in the development of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Available epidemiological data indicate either a slightly elevated risk or no increased risk of NHL among firefighters. The absence of a clearly defined mechanism also raises difficulties. Known or suspected risk factors for NHL are not found to be more prevalent among firefighters. Even if firefighters with NHL may have developed the disease as a result of their job, this conclusion cannot be derived from currently-available literature. See also CIS 08-598/599 and 08-601.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; Quebec; risk factors; cancer; lymphoma
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; diesel engines; Canada; report; IARC; aromatic hydrocarbons; frequency rates; butadiene; mortality; epidemiology; exhaust gases; polycyclic hydrocarbons; hazard evaluation; benzene
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Blood diseases