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Document ID (ISN)72969
CIS number 99-913
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cherry N.M., Burgess G.L., Turner S., McDonald J.C.
Title Crystalline silica and risk of lung cancer in the potteries
Bibliographic information Nov. 1998, Vol.55, No.11, p.779-785. 12 ref.
Abstract In a cohort of 5,115 men employed in the pottery, refractory and sandstone industries of Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) calculated against mortalities for the region were raised for all causes, for lung cancer and for non-malignant respiratory diseases. Average concentration and duration of exposure to silica were, taken together, significantly related to the presence of small opacities. The association between risk of lung cancer and quantitative estimates of silica exposure supports the SMR analysis and implies that crystalline silica may well be a human carcinogen. Topics: silica; cohort study; confounding factors; exposure evaluation; job-exposure relation; length of exposure; lung cancer; mortality; opacities; pottery industry.
Descriptors (primary) silica; pottery industry; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) mortality; exposure evaluation; confounding factors; opacities; length of exposure; job-exposure relation; cohort study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Glass, pottery and related materials
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)