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Occupational Risks of Esophageal Cancer in Taiwanese Men

Wu, Ming-Tsang

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000391998.86731.34
Abstracts: ISEE 22nd Annual Conference, Seoul, Korea, 28 August–1 September 2010: Occupational and Environmental Cancer

1Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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To explore the relationship between occupation and the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in Taiwan.

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In a hospital-based case-control study, we collected 326 incident patients with ESCC and 386 matched controls. All subjects completed a questionnaire regarding occupation, substance use and demographic information. Thirty-three different common occupations whose environments are known to present potential exposure to hazards related to cancer development in Taiwan were asked. Relative risks for ESCC were estimated by odds ratios (OR).

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Concrete and construction workers and farm and garden workers were found to be at significant risk for ESCC (OR 5.14, 95% CI 2.34–11.33; P < 0.0001, respectively). After adjusting for other covariates, it remained significant for farm and garden workers (AOR = 2.18; 95% CI: 1.07– 4.44).

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Work in farm and garden, potentially exposed to pesticides, may increase the risk of ESCC in Taiwan.

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