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Occupational and environmental causes of lung cancer.
Field RW; Withers BL
Clin Chest Med 2012 Dec; 33(4):681-703
Because tobacco smoking is a potent carcinogen, secondary causes of lung cancer are often diminished in perceived importance. The goal of this review is to describe the occurrence and recent findings of the 27 agents currently listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as lung carcinogens. The IARC's updated assessments of lung carcinogens provide a long-overdue resource for consensus opinions on the carcinogenic potential of various agents. Supplementary new information, with a focus on analytic epidemiologic studies that has become available since IARC's most recent evaluation, are also discussed.
Tobacco; Tobacco smoke; Carcinogens; Lung; Lung cancer; Lung disease; Lung irritants; Epidemiology; Analytical processes; Etiology; Humans; Men; Women; Environmental exposure; Exposure level; Cancer; Toxic effects; Toxins; Epidemiology; Author Keywords: Lung; Cancer; Environmental; Occupational; Carcinogen; Epidemiology; International Agency for Research on Cancer
R. William Field PhD, MS, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, 105 River Street, Iowa City, IA 52242
Issue of Publication
Clinics in Chest Medicine
University of Iowa
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