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Neoplasia in the wood and pulp industry.

Authors
Milham-S Jr.
Source
Ann NY Acad Sci 1976 May; 271(1):294-300
NIOSHTIC No.
00056766
Abstract
An occupational mortality analysis is made of men working in the wood products industry (loggers, pulp and paper millworkers, plywood millworkers and sawmill workers) from the records of nearly 300,000 deaths filed in Washington State from 1950 to 1971. Loggers are shown to have excess mortality in cancer of the stomach and prostate and in leukemia. Professional foresters are shown to have excess mortality for cancer of digestive organs, peritoneum, respiratory tract, lymphatic system and hematopoietic tissue. Mill workers have excess mortality in cancer of the small intestine and of the lymphatic and hematopoietic tissues, stomach, testis and pancreas. Carpenters have excess mortality in stomach cancer and leukemia. The data are interpreted to mean that the work environments in the wood products industry contain carcinogens. Differences between these data and those from England suggest a possibility due to the type of wood. Also, the excess gastric cancer suggests that the wood particles are ingested or inhaled and swallowed. The hematopoietic cancer suggests that physical and chemical breakdown products of wood may be carcinogenic.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-74-0026; Toxic-substances; Paper-manufacturing-industry; Pulp-industry; Blood-disorders; Hematopoietic-system; Lymphatic-system-disorders; Lymphatic-cancer; Intestinal-cancer; Respiratory-system-disorders; Epidemiology; Hazards; Forestry
CODEN
ANYAA9
Publication Date
19760528
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1976
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780890720509
Identifying No.
Contract-099-74-0026
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0077-8923
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
Source Name
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
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