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Document ID (ISN)20861
CIS number 74-818
ISSN - Serial title Work - Environment - Health
Year 1973
Convention or series no.
Author(s) J÷rgensen H.S.
Title A study of mortality from lung cancer among miners in Kiruna 1950-1970.
Bibliographic information 1973, Vol.10, No.3, p.126-133. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract Retrospective study of mortality due to lung cancer among iron-ore miners in the Kiruna region. 13 cases of lung cancer were found as against 4.5 cases predictable on the basis of lung cancer mortality for the rest of the male population in 12 of the 13 patients who died of lung cancer were smokers. The lung cancer mortality among non-mine workers was the same as for the rest of the male population in Sweden. The concentration of radon daughters in the mine was around 30pCi per litre in earlier years, but this figure has probably been exceeded at times. Exposure to diesel fumes did not influence the results as only 1 of the 13 men who died of lung cancer worked during the period when diesel engines were used underground. The combined effects of radon and some of the substances found in diesel fumes should not, however, be disregarded in the future. A follow-up study should therefore be made after about 15-20 years of exposure to diesel exhaust gas.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; lung cancer; mortality; iron ore mining
Descriptors (secondary) diesel engines; radon daughters; survey; exhaust gases; smoking
Document type -
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Mining and quarrying
Radon