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Document ID (ISN)55877
CIS number 91-834
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Heyer N., Weiss N.S., Demers P., Rosenstock L.
Title Cohort mortality study of Seattle fire fighters: 1945-1983
Bibliographic information 1990, Vol.17, No.4, p.493-504. Illus. Bibl.
Abstract Fire fighters are known to be occupationally exposed to many toxic substances. However, the limited number of previous studies has not demonstrated any consistent excess mortality from diseases of a priori concern, such as lung cancer, non-malignant respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease. The authors studied 2,289 Seattle fire fighters from 1945 through 1983, and observed 383 deaths. Excess mortality from leukaemia and multiple myeloma was observed among fire fighters with 30 years or more fire combat duty. Lung cancer mortality was elevated among fire fighters 65 years old or older. A trend of increasing risk with increasing exposure (30 years and more) was observed for diseases of the circulatory system. For this cause of death, fire fighters with 30 years or more fire combat duty had a relative risk of 1.84 compared to those with less than 15 years of fire combat duty.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; leukaemia; mortality; cardiovascular diseases; respiratory diseases; lung cancer; myeloma
Descriptors (secondary) USA; toxic substances; age; neoplasms; long-term exposure; length of exposure; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Blood diseases
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Cardiovascular diseases