A retrospective cohort mortality study of fur dyers and processors was being conducted to evaluate the cancer risk associated with exposure to aromatic amine constituents of oxidative dyes. Cancer sites being investigated for association with dye exposure included bladder, breast, cervix, larynx, liver, and lung. The cohort consisted of 1018 pensioned members of five locals of the Joint Board of the Fur, Leather and Machinists Workers Union (FLM) who had been employed as sheep or rabbit fur dyers, Mouton processors, or fur dressers in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. All subjects had been granted normal, early, or permanent retirement benefits by FLM between January 1 1952 and December 31 1977 and had worked for at least 20 years in the fur industry. Vital status of the cohort was determined as of December 31, 1977. The cause specific mortality of the subjects was to be determined by using rates of the general United States population adjusted for age, race, sex, and calendar year as the reference. A total of 540 deaths occurred in the cohort, for which 520 death certificates were obtained. The mortality pattern of the cohort was being analyzed, but results were not yet available. A discussion following the presentation was included.
Proceedings of the Second NCI/EPA/NIOSH Collaborative Workshop: Progress on Joint Environmental and Occupational Cancer Studies, September 9-11, 1981, Rockville, Maryland