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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318244503c
Original Articles

Mortality From Cancer and Other Causes in an Italian Cohort of Male Rubber Tire Workers

Pira, Enrico MD; Pelucchi, Claudio ScD; Romano, Canzio MD; Manzari, Marco MD; Negri, Eva ScD; La Vecchia, Carlo MD

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Objective: To investigate mortality among workers of an Italian rubber tire factory employed between 1954 and 2008.

Methods: This cohort study included 6246 men, totaling 190,512 man-years of observation. Employment data were obtained from personnel records, whereas vital status and causes of death were ascertained from local authorities. We computed standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) using national and regional death certification rates.

Results: Mortality was significantly lower than expected for all cancers (SMR = 79) and all causes (SMR = 85). The SMRs were 99 for cancer of stomach, 78 for lung, 121 for urinary bladder, 116 for lymphoma, and 89 for leukemia, none being significant. Decreased mortality emerged for cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx (SMR = 45), esophagus (SMR = 29), colorectum (SMR = 71), liver (SMR = 57), and kidney (SMR = 33).

Conclusions: This study shows no excess cancer risk among male rubber tire workers employed after 1954.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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