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Document ID (ISN)52178
CIS number 89-1207
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wiklund K., Dich J., Holm L.E.
Title Soft tissue sarcoma risk in Swedish licensed pesticide applicators
Bibliographic information Oct. 1988, Vol.30, No.10, p.801-804. 49 ref.
Abstract Two Swedish studies have suggested that exposure to phenoxy acid herbicides may cause soft tissue sarcoma. This association has been subsequently investigated in a number of epidemiologic studies. Results are inconsistent. In this study the risk of soft tissue sarcoma in a cohort of 20,245 Swedish pesticide applicators, of whom 72% were estimated to have been exposed to phenoxy acid herbicides, was analysed. The cohort was observed by means of the Swedish Cancer Register from date of license until Dec. 31, 1984, or until death if it occurred prior to that date. The mean follow-up time was 13.9 years. Seven patients with soft tissue sarcoma were observed compared with 7.7 expected on the basis of the incidence in Sweden. The relative risk was found to be 0.9 (95% confidence interval, 0.4 to 1.9). This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that exposure of phenoxy acid herbicides does not increase risk of soft tissue sarcoma.
Descriptors (primary) herbicides; chloromethylphenoxyacetic acid; agriculture; sarcomas; crop protection; Sweden
Descriptors (secondary) dichlorophenoxyacetic acid; trichlorophenoxyacetic acid; epidemiologic study; hazard evaluation; tetrachlorodibenzodioxin
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Agricultural chemicals