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Document ID (ISN)31444
CIS number 79-1083
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1979
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hanis N.M., Stavraky K.M., Fowler J.L.
Title Cancer mortality in oil refinery workers.
Bibliographic information Mar. 1979, Vol.21, No.3, p.167-174. 17 ref.
Abstract Cancer mortality for 1964-1973 was studied in 15,032 refinery workers in Canada. Those with jobs exposing them to crude petroleum or its products had more than 3 times the risk of oesophageal and stomach cancer, and about twice the risk of lung cancer, than non-exposed controls. There was a relation between cancer risk and duration of employment. Comparisons of refinery with non-refinery workers, without reference to petroleum exposure, showed the former to have twice the risk of cancer of the intestines and other digestive organs. The results cannot be ascribed with certainty to a carcinogenic effect of petroleum, and further study is called for. Numerous statistical tables illustrate the text.
Descriptors (primary) petroleum products; neoplasms; petroleum refining; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; oesophageal carcinoma; lung cancer; comparative study; survey; statistical evaluation; gastrointestinal cancer
Document type -
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Petrochemical industry
Petroleum and natural gas industry