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Document ID (ISN)78753
CIS number 02-703
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Puntoni R., Merlo F., Borsa L., Reggiardo G., Garrone E., Ceppi M.
Title A historical cohort mortality study among shipyard workers in Genoa, Italy
Bibliographic information Oct. 2001, Vol.40, No.4, p.363-370. 28 ref.
Abstract A historical cohort mortality study was conducted among 3984 shipyard workers in Genoa, Italy. These workers were exposed between 1960 and 1981 to asbestos fibres, welding fumes and gases, silica dust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and solvents. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were computed using male residents of the Province of Genoa as the referent population. For the whole cohort, significantly increased SMRs were detected for all causes, for all cancers, for liver, larynx, lung, pleural and bladder cancers, for respiratory tract diseases and for cirrhosis of the liver. Analysis by job title showed increased SMRs in occupations entailing heavy asbestos exposure not only for pleural cancer, but also for lung and laryngeal cancers and for respiratory tract diseases. Bladder and liver cancers and liver cirrhosis mortality also appeared to be related to occupational exposure.
Descriptors (primary) mortality; shipbuilding industry; shipyards
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; long-term exposure; silica; asbestos; bladder tumour; respiratory diseases; pleural mesothelioma; solvents; welding fumes; cirrhosis; cancer; liver cancer; polycyclic hydrocarbons; cohort study; long-term study; aromatic hydrocarbons
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Shipbuliding and ship repair