ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)53786
CIS number 90-840
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Saurez L., Weiss N.S., Martin J.
Title Primary liver cancer death and occupation in Texas
Bibliographic information 1989, Vol.15, No.2, p.167-175. Bibl.
Abstract A death certificate case-control study of primary liver cancer and occupation was conducted to determine if the high risk of liver cancer in Mexican-Americans can be explained by farmworker exposures to pesticides. The association of liver cancer with the petroleum and chemical industry and with other potentially high-risk occupations was also examined. For the years 1969 to 1980, 1,742 deaths from primary liver cancer were identified for Texas males. Controls were randomly selected from other causes of deaths among males excluding all neoplasms. Risk for farmworkers based on age, race, and ethnicity-adjusted odds ratios (ORs) was not excessive but was larger than the risk for farmers. Excess risk in the petroleum and chemical manufacturing industries was confined to oil refinery workers . Other occupations with twofold risk or greater were plumbers and pipefitters, butchers and meat cutters, textile workers and longshoremen.
Descriptors (primary) race-linked differences; chemical industry; dock work; mortality; occupation disease relation; pesticides; petrochemical industry; risk factors; agriculture; food industry; meat industry; textile industry; liver cancer
Descriptors (secondary) agricultural chemicals; USA; age; comparative study; long-term study; carcinogenic effects; neoplasms; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Water transportation
Chemical industry
Petrochemical industry
Food industry