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Document ID (ISN)51662
CIS number 89-900
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sorahan T., Cooke M.A.
Title Cancer mortality in a cohort of United Kingdom steel foundry workers: 1946-85
Bibliographic information Feb. 1989, Vol.46, No.2, p.74-81. 19 ref.
Abstract The mortality experienced by a cohort of 10,491 steel foundry workers in the United Kingdom during the period 1946-85 was investigated. These workers were all male operatives first employed in any one of the 10 participating foundries in 1946-65; all had worked in the inudstry for a minimum period of 1yr. Compared with the general population of England and Wales, statistically significant excesses relating to cancer mortality were found for cancer of the stomach (E = 77.4, O = 106, SMR = 137) and cancer of the lung (E = 229.2, O = 441, SMR = 147). A statistically significant deficit was found for cancer of the brain (E = 19.4, O = 10, SMR = 51). Involvement of occupational exposures was assessed by the method of regression models and life tables (RMLT). The RMLT analyses provided evidence of an occupational involvement in the risk of death from lung cancer from work in the foundry area or fettling shop, and weaker evidence of an occupational involvement in the risk of death from stomach cancer from work in the foundry area.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; mortality; neoplasms; steelworks; foundries
Descriptors (secondary) lung cancer; gastrointestinal cancer; comparative study; computer analysis; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Iron and steel industry