Nasal cancers and occupational exposures: A case-control study

G. Bimbi, G. Battista, S. Belli, F. Berrino, P. Comba

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A case-control study of malignant epithelial neoplasms of the nose and sinuses and occupational exposures was conducted in Milan. Cases were patients admitted in the years 1982-85 at the Head and Neck Oncology Department of the National Institute for the Study and Treatment of Cancer. Controls were subjects admitted in the same years, with diagnoses of malignant tumour of nasopharynx, thyroid and salivary glands. The occupational history was derived from hospital records. The study included 53 cases and 217 controls. Three cases and no controls had worked in the leather industry; the same finding was observed for the wood industry. A significant increase in risk appeared to be associated to work in other sectors, namely metal industry (RR: 4.5; 95% conf. int.: 1.4-14.2), the mining and construction industry (RR: 5.3; 1.9-15.0), the textile industry (RR: 2.9; 1.0-8.6), and agriculture (RR: 3.3; 1.3-8.3).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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