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Document ID (ISN)68011
CIS number 96-2185
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Callas P.W., Pastides H., Hosmer D.W., Sterling T.D., Weinkam J.J.
Title Lung cancer mortality among workers in formaldehyde industries
Bibliographic information Aug. 1996, Vol.38, No.8, p.747-750. 28 ref.
Abstract Data from a National Cancer Institute (USA) study of workers exposed to formaldehyde are reanalyzed and discrepancies between this and earlier analyses are discussed. Despite different types of analysis and data management choices, most studies conducted using this dataset have found a similar pattern of results: a small, usually nonsignificant, elevated risk of lung cancer for some subsets of workers exposed to formaldehyde, but no clear dose-response relationship across cumulative exposure categories. A response by earlier researchers agrees with this conclusion and emphasizes the dubious role of confidence intervals and significance testing in scientific decision making.
Descriptors (primary) lung cancer; formaldehyde
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiologic study; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Aldehydes
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)