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Document ID (ISN)52078
CIS number 89-1206
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) MacMahon B., Monson R.R., Wang H.H., Zheng T.
Title A second follow-up of mortality in a cohort of pesticide applicators
Bibliographic information May 1988, Vol.30, No.5, p.429-432. 10 ref.
Abstract A cohort of 16,124 male pesticide applicators was matched with Social Security Administration and National Death Index (NDI) files through 31 December 1984. In all, 1,082 deaths were ascertained, and death certificates were obtained for 994 (92%). The standardised mortality ratio (SMR) for all causes of death was 98. Although a number of specific causes of death showed SMRs significantly below 100, one category of cause of death showed a significantly elevated SMR - cancer of the lung, with an SMR of 135. Termite control operators (TCO) - the group with the greatest likelihood of exposure to chlordane and heptachlor - had an SMR for lung cancer of 97, compared with 158 for other pesticide operators. The excess of lung cancer in the non-TCO workers was limited to operators employed as such for less than 5yrs.
Descriptors (primary) chlordane; heptachlor; agriculture; pesticides; lung cancer; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Halogenated hydrocarbons
Agriculture
Agricultural chemicals