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Document ID (ISN)112483
CIS number 12-0196
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lipworth L., La Vecchia C., Bosetti C., McLaughlin J.K.
Title Occupational exposure to rock wool and glass wool and risk of cancers of the lung and the head and neck: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Bibliographic information Sep. 2009, Vol.51, No.9, p.1075-1085. Illus. 55 ref.
Internet access Occupational_exposure_to_rock_wool_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract The objective of this literature survey and meta-analysis was to conduct a review of risks of cancers of the lung and head and neck (HN) from exposure to rock wool (RW) and glass wool (GW) among workers exposed to man-made vitreous fibres (MMVFs). Despite a small elevation in RR for lung cancer among MMVF production workers, the lack of excess risk among end users, the absence of any dose-risk relation, the likelihood of detection bias, and the potential for residual confounding by smoking and asbestos exposure argue against a carcinogenic effect of MMVF, RW, or GW at this time. Similar conclusions apply to HN cancer risk among workers exposed to MMVF.
Descriptors (primary) glass fibre; mineral wool; cancer; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) asbestos; smoking; nasal cancer; laryngeal cancer; pharyngeal cancer; bronchial cancer; lung cancer; upper respiratory tract; confounding factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Materials, glass and ceramics
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cancer and carcinogens
Glass, pottery and related materials