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Document ID (ISN)64874
CIS number 95-1356
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Leon D.A.
Title Mortality in the British printing industry - A historical cohort study of trade union members in Manchester
Bibliographic information Feb. 1994, Vol.51, No.2, p.79-86. 33 ref.
Abstract A historical cohort study of the printing industry was conducted after an anecdotal report of a cluster of cases of bladder cancer in a newspaper factory in Manchester. The cohort comprised some 9,500 men who were members of either of two trade unions (the NGA and NATSOPA) in the Manchester area between 1949 and 1963. During the follow-up period (1949-1983) 3,482 deaths occurred among men born in 1890 or later; follow-up was 97% complete. The results of the study do not support the hypothesis of an occupational risk of bladder cancer in the printing industry. A high mortality rate from lung cancer (SMR=179, 95% CI 144-218) was found among men involved in newspaper letterpress printing that is consistent with the findings of previous studies. Increased mortality from cancer of the buccal cavity and pharynx was found for NATSOPA workers in the newspaper industry. The lower mortality in the NGA compared with that in NATSOPA may well be due to socioeconomic differences in union composition, rather than occupational factors.
Descriptors (primary) printing industry; United Kingdom; cancer; bladder tumour; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) pharyngeal cancer; lung cancer; long-term study; hazard evaluation; cohort study; oral cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Diseases of the kidney and the urinary system