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Document ID (ISN)38672
CIS number 82-1953
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1981
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rushton L., Alderson M.R.
Title An epidemiological survey of eight oil refineries in Britain
Bibliographic information Aug. 1981, Vol.38, No.3, p.225-234. Illus. 32 ref.
Abstract Report of a mortality study of over 34,000 workers employed in 1 of 8 oil refineries in Britain for at least 1 year between 1950 and 1975. Observed mortality was compared with expected UK male mortality rates adjusted for regional mortality variations and was found overall to be lower than expected; mortality from specific causes (e.g. heart disease, stroke, bronchitis, and pneumonia) was also lower. Mortality due to all neoplasms was lower than expected; there was a much lower level of lung cancer mortality than expected, but raised mortality due to gastro-intestinal neoplasms was found in several refineries. Malignant melanoma and nasal cavity and sinus neoplasms also caused higher than expected mortality. Further study is required to ascertain whether these patterns are due to an occupational factor and, if so, to identify the physical or chemical nature of the risk.
Descriptors (primary) mortality; neoplasms; petroleum refining
Descriptors (secondary) melanoma; United Kingdom; survey; gastrointestinal cancer; nasal cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Petrochemical industry
Petroleum and natural gas industry