Asbestos exposure and cancer mortality among petroleum refinery workers: A poisson regression analysis of updated data

Fabio Montanaro, Marcello Ceppi, Riccardo Puntoni, Stefania Silvano, Valerio Gennaro

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Abstract

The authors investigated the relationship between asbestos exposure and respiratory cancer mortality among maintenance workers and other blue-collar workers at an Italian oil refinery. The cohort contained 931 men, 29,511 person-years, and 489 deaths. Poisson regression analysis using white-collar workers as an internal referent group provided relative risk estimates (RRs) for main causes of death, adjusted for age, age at hiring, calendar period, length of exposure, and latency. Among maintenance workers, RRs for all tumors (RR = 1.50), digestive system cancers (RR = 1.41), lung cancers (RR = 1.53), and nonmalignant respiratory diseases (RR = 1.71) were significantly increased (p <0.05); no significant excess was found for all causes and among maintenance (RR = 1.12) and other blue-collar workers (RR = 1.01). Results confirm the increased risk of death from respiratory diseases and cancer among maintenance workers exposed to asbestos, whereas other smoking-related diseases (circulatory system) were not statistically different among groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-193
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

Keywords

  • Asbestos
  • Lung cancer
  • Oil industry
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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