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A study of Florida pesticide applicators.

Authors
Fleming-LE; Bean-JA
Source
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami School of Science, Miami, Florida 1997 May; :1-310
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00240632
Abstract
A retrospective cohort analysis was performed of the cancer incidence and general mortality among a cohort of Florida licensed pesticide applicators. Proportional mortality ratio studies and mortality odds ratio were performed. The cohort included 33,669 licensed pesticide applicators. From January 1, 1975 to January 1, 1994 there were 1,874 deaths and 1,266 incident cancer cases in this cohort. The pesticide applicators were consistently and significantly healthier compared to the general Florida population. The risk of cardiovascular disease and of diseases associated with alcohol and tobacco use were significantly decreased. Prostate cancer mortality and incidence and testicular cancer incidence were significantly elevated. No confirmed cases of soft tissue sarcoma were noted and nonHodgkin's lymphoma incidence was not increased. While the number of female pesticide applicators was small, cervical cancer incidence was significantly increased. Breast cancer incidence and mortality were not elevated. The author notes that a possible recommendation from these findings would be to include screening of male pesticide applicators for testicular and prostate cancer, and screening of female pesticide applicators for cervical cancer, as well as providing specific risk avoidance instruction for aerial applicators.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Agriculture; Cancer; Agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Prostate-cancer; Cancer-rates; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Epidemiology; Occupational-exposure
Contact
Epidemiology and Public Health University of Miami PO Box 016069, R-669 Miami, FL 33101
Publication Date
19970501
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
161832
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-130719
NTIS Price
A15
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-00125
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami School of Science, Miami, Florida
State
FL
Performing Organization
University of Miami, Miami, Florida
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