Steven Stellman - Cancer mortality among woodworkers

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  Stellman, S. D., Garfinkel, L. 5 (5) 343-57-

  Abstract: The mortality experience of 10,322 men   employed in woodworking industries was compared with that of   406,798 nonwoodworkers. All subjects were enrolled in an American   Cancer Society study and followed prospectively from 1959 through   1972. Age-adjusted rates of death from all causes and from all   cancers were not higher in the woodworker group, but excess rates   were observed for cancers of the lung, stomach, and bladder, as   well as nonmelanoma skin cancer and possibly leukemia.   Woodworkers experienced significantly decreased rates of   colon-rectum cancer and coronary heart disease. The elevated   cancer rates could not be explained by cigarette smoking habits.   If anything, there is evidence to suggest a possible interaction   between employment in woodworking trades and heavy cigarette   smoking, in increasing the risk of lung and bladder cancer.

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