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Document ID (ISN)77026
CIS number 01-1075
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Langseth H., Andersen A.
Title Cancer incidence among male pulp and paper workers in Norway
Bibliographic information Apr. 2000, Vol.26, No.2, p.99-105. 39 ref.
Abstract Cancer incidence was investigated among 23,718 male pulp and paper workers employed continuously for at least 1 year between 1920 and 1993 in Norway. Six sub-cohorts were established (sulfite pulp mill, sulfate pulp mill, paper mill, maintenance department, administrative staff and other departments). Data were compared with those of the Norwegian Cancer Register. An excess of lung cancer was found among both short- and long-term employees (Standardized Incidence Ratio (SIR) 1.5 and 1.2, respectively), especially for workers with the longest latency (SIR 1.3) and for sulfite mill workers (SIR 1.5). There were increased risks for pleural mesothelioma (SIR 2.4), especially among maintenance workers, and for malignant melanoma (SIR 1.3). Almost all the increased risk for lung cancer can be explained by a combination of smoking habits and asbestos exposure, although an effect of other work-related exposures (for example sulfur and chloride compounds or wood dust) cannot be excluded.
Descriptors (primary) male workers; paper and paper products industry; lung cancer; pleural mesothelioma
Descriptors (secondary) melanoma; Norway; asbestos; smoking; frequency rates; cohort study; maintenance shops; sulfites; sulfates; confounding factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Paper and paper products industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)