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Cancer mortality among textile workers in Shanghai, China: a preliminary study.
Fang-SC; Eisen-EA; Dai-H; Zhang-H; Hang-J; Wang-X; Christiani-DC
J Occup Environ Med 2006 Sep; 48(9):955-958
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the association between cotton textile work and cancer mortality. METHODS: The cancer mortality experience of 912 (444 cotton, 468 silk) textile workers in Shanghai, China, was compared. Workers were followed from 1981 to 2003. The associations between cotton textile work and death due to all cancers combined (with and without lung cancer) and to gastrointestinal cancers were estimated with Cox models, adjusting for age, work years, and pack-years. RESULTS: There were 69 deaths. The adjusted hazard rate ratio (HR) was 2.10 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.98-4.47) for all cancers combined and 2.56 (95% CI, 1.14-5.74) after excluding lung cancer. For gastrointestinal cancers, the adjusted HR was 2.09 (95% CI, 0.83-5.27). CONCLUSIONS: These preliminary data suggest that, with the exception of lung cancer, cotton workers have significantly higher cancer mortality rates than silk workers.
Cotton-industry; Cotton-fibers; Cotton-dust; Cotton-mill-workers; Textiles; Textiles-industry; Textile-workers; Cancer; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Lung-cancer; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Lung-function; Lung-irritants; Lung-tissue; Gastrointestinal-system; Gastrointestinal-system-disorders; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Hazards; Exposure-levels
David C. Christiani, MD, MPH, MS, Harvard School of Public Health, Occupational Health Program, 665 Huntington Avenue, Building I, Room 1407, Boston, MA 02115
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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