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Cancer incidence among Massachusetts firefighters, 1982-1986.

Authors
Sama-SR; Martin-TR; Davis-LK; Kriebel-D
Source
Am J Ind Med 1990 Jul; 18(1):47-54
NIOSHTIC No.
00194960
Abstract
A surveillance evaluation was undertaken, using cancer incidence data collected by the Massachusetts Cancer Registry, to examine cancer patterns among firefighters in Massachusetts from 1982 through 1986. Case/control analyses, using occupational information obtained by the Registry, were conducted to examine potential associations between firefighting and the occurrence of nine different cancers demonstrated to be elevated in previous evaluations. There were 321 male cancer cases diagnosed for firefighters in Massachusetts during the evaluation period and reported to the Registry. The use of incidence data versus mortality data had several advantages, one being that the cancer registry provided better diagnostic information than death certificates. Incidence data were also valuable to evaluate nonfatal cancers. One disadvantage was the underreporting of occupational information. The current results supported earlier works in identifying an excess of melanoma, bladder cancer, and lymphoma among firefighters.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Cancer; Cancer-rates; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons; Fireman; Combustion-products
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19900701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-100816
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA
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