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Document ID (ISN)61853
CIS number 94-587
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Christie D., Robinson K., Gordon I., Bisby J.
Title A prospective study in the Australian petroleum industry. I. Mortality. II. Incidence of cancer
Bibliographic information Aug. 1991, Vol.48, No.8, p.507-514. 41 ref.
Abstract These two papers report on the mortality experience and the incidence of cancer in employees of the Australian petroleum industry from 1981 to 1989. Two surveys studied more than 15,000 employees (having over five years of service) representing 92% of the eligible population. By the end of 1989, 76,529 person-years of observation had accumulated for male mortality with 241 deaths. The standardized mortality ratio (SMR) analysis showed a favourable mortality experience for most causes with overall cancer rates slightly lower than those of the national population. As for the incidence of cancer, 50,254 person-years of observation had accumulated in the men with 152 incident cancers reported. The standardized incidence ratio (SIR) analysis showed overall cancer rates close to those of the national population. Deficits were seen in some cancer sites, notably lung. An excess of observed/expected cases was present in all subcategories of lymphohaematopoietic cancer and was most apparent in myeloid leukaemia as well as melanoma.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; petroleum products; hydrocarbons; petroleum refining; state of health; cancer; petroleum and natural gas industry; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) melanoma; leukaemia; smoking; lung cancer; frequency rates; questionnaire survey; epidemiologic study; cohort study; statistical evaluation; length of service
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Petrochemical industry
Petroleum and natural gas industry