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Document ID (ISN)66812
CIS number 96-667
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chau N., Benamghar L., Pham Q.T., Teculescu D., Rebstock E., Mur J.M.
Title Mortality of iron miners in Lorraine (France) - Relations between lung function and respiratory symptoms and subsequent mortality
Bibliographic information Nov. 1993, Vol.50, No.11, p.1017-1031. 96 ref.
Abstract An increased mortality from lung and stomach cancer was found in previous studies on Lorraine iron miners. In this study the cohort included 1,178 workers selected at random from all the 5,300 working miners aged between 35 and 55 at the start of the follow-up period, which ranged from 1975 to 1985. Occupational exposures and tobacco consumption, lung function tests and respiratory symptoms were assessed for each subject in 1975, 1980 and 1985. The study confirmed the excess of lung and of stomach cancer. It is considered that the risk of lung cancer in the Lorraine iron miners was mainly due to dust, diesel engine exhaust fumes and explosives although the role of low exposure to radon daughters could not be totally excluded.
Descriptors (primary) iron ore mining; France; aetiology; pulmonary function; functional respiratory disorders; lung cancer; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) explosives; diesel engines; radon daughters; smoking; dust; frequency rates; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; long-term study; respiratory function tests; risk factors; underground work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Mining and quarrying
Radon