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Risk of cancer as a result of community exposure to gasoline vapors.

Authors
Patel-AS; Talbott-EO; Zborowski-JV; Rycheck-JA; Dell-D; Xu-X; Schwerha-J
Source
Arch Environ Health 2004 Oct; 59(10):497-503
NIOSHTIC No.
20033676
Abstract
The Tranguch Gasoline Spill leaked 50,000-900,000 gallons of gasoline from underground storage tanks, potentially exposing an area of Hazle Township and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to chronic low levels of benzene since at least 1990. A retrospective cohort study of 663 individuals representing 275 households assessed whether affected residents were at increased risk for cancer from 1990-2000 compared with the Pennsylvania populace. Age-adjusted standard incidence ratios (SIRs) were calculated using Pennsylvania rates to determine expected numbers. The age-adjusted SIR for the gasoline-affected area was 4.40 (95% confidence interval: 1.09-10.24) for leukemia. These results suggest an association between living within the area affected by the Tranguch Gasoline Spill and increased risk for leukemia.
Keywords
Fuels; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Cancer; Cancer-rates; Blood-disorders
CODEN
AEHLAU
CAS No.
71-43-2
Publication Date
20041001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
app8@cdc.gov
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T01-OH-008616
ISSN
0003-9896
Source Name
Archives of Environmental Health
State
PA
Performing Organization
University of Pittsburgh
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