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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-101-L2047, Elmira Postal Facility, Elmira, New York.
Hales T; Rinsky R
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 87-101-L2047, 1990 May; :1-6
In response to a request, an investigation was made of a possible cancer cluster among employees of the postal facility (SIC-4311) located in Elmira, New York. The facility had been built on a landfill in 1974. The records of what had been placed in the landfill were lost during a flood in 1972. Information was available on the 262 current employees and the 332 former employees. Nineteen cancers were identified among 18 of the postal employees. The expected number of cancers was 7.5. The 19 identified cancers included 6 lung, three colon, three bladder, two prostate, and one each breast, lymphoma, pyriform sinus, urethra, and tongue. Thirteen of the 19 were diagnosed in employees with a latency period of 10 years of less. The authors conclude that, although the number of cancers observed was more than expected, it was not possible to determine that there were any occupationally related reasons for this because the latency time was relatively short and the tumors observed were of several different types, not regarded as being causally related.
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