Death certificates from the period 1960 to 1975 for Louisiana were surveyed for lung cancer deaths and non-cancer deaths among people employed in petroleum mining and refining to determine if there were specific occupations within this industry associated with a higher risk of lung cancer. Workers employed as welders, operators, boilermakers, and painters and oilfield workers had the greatest risks. Oil field miners born outside Louisiana had a higher risk than native-born miners. Occupation as listed on death certificates provides a rapid means of identifying those with high risk, as a large part of the population can be rapidly screened, covering employees in many industries.
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