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Mortality of U.S. embalmers and funeral directors.

Authors
Hayes-RB; Blair-A; Stewart-PA; Herrick-RF; Mahar-H
Source
Am J Ind Med 1990 Dec; 18(6):641-652
NIOSHTIC No.
00197705
Abstract
A large series of deceased embalmers and funeral directors was assembled from multiple sources throughout the United States which should allow an examination of the risk for specific cell types of leukemia and other lymphatic and hematopoietic system malignancies and allow assessment of potential subgroups at risk. After duplicates were removed, 6,651 potential study subjects were identified, of which death certificates were obtained for 5,265. Nonsignificant excesses were found for malignancies of the buccal cavity and pharynx and for nasopharyngeal cancer. No sinonasal cancers were noted but 1.7 were expected. A statistically significant excess of colon cancer was noted and a nonsignificant excess of brain and other central nervous system cancer was observed among whites only. Both whites and nonwhites exhibited significant excesses of malignancies of the lymphatic and hematopoietic systems. Myeloid leukemia and leukemia of other and unspecified cell types was in excess. No excess of lymphatic leukemia was observed. NonHodgkin's lymphoma, polycythemia vera, and myelofibrosis each showed elevated incidences. A marked excess of multiple myeloma was noted in nonwhites. In whites and nonwhites an excess of chronic nephritis was observed. No excess of liver cirrhosis was observed. There was no direct relation between the occurrence of lymphatic and hematopoietic system diseases and the specific job held in the funeral industry.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Epidemiology; Risk-factors; Cancer-rates; Mortality-surveys; Leukemogenesis; Nervous-system-disorders; Formaldehydes; Preservatives; Racial-factors; Author Keywords: epidemiology; neoplasm; embalmer; formaldehyde; CNS cancer; leukemia; occupational mortality
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19901201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH
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