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Cancer mortality in a Swedish cohort of pulp and paper mill workers
Sahlgrens University Hospital.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Centre.
Örebro University Hospital.
Örebro University Hospital.
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2010 (English)In: INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, ISSN 0340-0131, Vol. 83, no 2, 123-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To study cancer mortality among Swedish pulp and paper mill workers by main mill pulping process and department, and to present the Swedish part of an international exposure measurements database. A cohort of 18,163 male and 2,290 female workers at four sulfate and four sulfite mills, enrolled from 1939 to 1999, was followed up for mortality during 1952-2001. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) relative to the general Swedish population were calculated. There were 1,340 malignant cases out of 5,898 deaths. Total cancer mortality was not increased in either sulfate or sulfite mill workers, or by gender. Lung cancer mortality was increased among female workers (SMR 1.70, 95% CI 1.04-2.63), especially in paper production, but not among male workers (SMR 0.91, 95% CI 0.79-1.04). Exposure to wood dust and sulfur dioxide frequently exceeded occupational exposure limits. Female paper production workers had an increased mortality from lung cancer.

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2010. Vol. 83, no 2, 123-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Exposure database, Lung cancer, Sulfate pulping, Sulfite pulping
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53687DOI: 10.1007/s00420-009-0446-1OAI: diva2:291265
Available from: 2010-02-01 Created: 2010-02-01 Last updated: 2010-02-01

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