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Document ID (ISN)112138
CIS number 11-0793
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Frost G., Brown T., Harding A.H.
Title Mortality and cancer incidence among British agricultural pesticide users
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.61. p.303-310. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to compare mortality and cancer incidence experienced by a cohort of United Kingdom pesticide users to that of the general population. Altogether, 62,960 pesticide users (94% male) were followed up between 1987 and 2005. All-cause mortality was lower for both men (SMR 0.58) and women (SMR 0.71) compared to the general population. Mortality and incidence were below those expected for all cancers combined among men (SMR 0.71, SIR 0.85), particularly for cancers of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx, digestive organs and respiratory system. The incidence of testicular cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer and multiple myeloma were above expected. Mortality from injury by machinery was significantly above expected for men (SMR 4.21). This study suggests that pesticide users are generally healthier than the national population but may have excesses of non-melanoma skin cancer, testicular cancer and multiple myeloma.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; pesticides; mortality; cancer; agriculture; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) testicular cancer; myeloma; skin cancer; injuries; cohort study; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cancer and carcinogens
Agricultural chemicals