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Mortality study of dentists.
NIOSH 1976 Dec; :1-160
Chronic diseases of possible occupational origin have been investigated in the profession of dentistry, by monitoring a cohort of dentists over a specified period. For white male dentists, proportional mortality rates suggests that the most frequent death causes are intestinal cancer, pancreas cancer, malignant lymphoma, leukemia and suicide; they die significantly less from stomach cancer and mental disease. No definite conclusions can be drawn as to the mortality of females due to sample deficiencies, although it seems that they have probably lower overall mortality than the general female population with no remarkable excesses or deficiencies by cause. Proportional mortality ratios for nonwhite males and for females were not remarkable, although nonwhite male dentists exhibited proportionally more deaths from cancer than nonwhite males in general, primarily cancer of the intestine. Since this condition has been associated with socioeconomic class, this differential is probably more socioeconomic than occupational in origin. The excesses suggested by the proportional mortality ratios were not borne out by the standardized mortality ratios, to the effect that it might be concluded that there are no excesses of cancer among dentists in general and that the suicide rate of the group is approximately equal to that of the general population. (Contract No. 099-72-72)
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-72-0072; Medical-personnel; Mortality-data; Sex-factors; Blood-disorders; Gastrointestinal-system-disorders; Racial-factors; Lymphatic-cancer; Liver-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Epidemiology; Diabetes
Final Contract Report
NTIS Accession No.
Special Populations; Work Environment and Workforce; Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
School of Dentistry, Health Sciences Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, NIOSH Contract No. 099-72-0072, Final Report, 160 pages, 170 references
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