Professional cleaning activities and lung cancer risk among women: Results from the ICARE Study

Alice Atramont, Florence Guida, Francesca Mattei, Mireille Matrat, Sylvie Cenée, Marie Sanchez, Matthieu Carton, Gwenn Menvielle, Emilie Marrer, Monica Neri, Danièle Luce, Isabelle Stücker, Arlette Danzon, Anne Sophie Woronoff, Velten Michel, Antoine Buemi, Brigitte Tretarre, Marc Colonna, Patricia Delafosse, Paolo BercelliFlorence Molinie, Simona Bara, Benedicte Lapotre-Ledoux, Nicole Raverdy, Oumar Gaye, Farida Lamkarkach, Diane Cyr, Sophie Paget-Bailly, Loredana Radoï, Annie Schamus, Alexandra Papadopoulos, Corinne Pilorget, Joëlle Fevotte

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Objectives: Lung cancer risk associated with occupational cleaning activities has been investigated in the population-based case-control study ICARE. Methods: Occupational history was collected by standardized interviews. Jobs were first defined according to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) codes and then categorized according to activity sectors. Adjusted odds ratios (ORs) were estimated by unconditional logistic regression, separately for women (619 cases and 760 controls) and men (2265 and 2780). Results: Thirty percent of women and 2.3% of men controls ever held a cleaner or care job. Women who worked as housemaids longer than 7 years showed an OR of 1.76 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.09 to 2.87] with respect to controls. Women employed in domestic service sector for a long time had an OR of 2.06 (95% CI 1.15 to 3.66). Conclusion: We confirmed and redefined the association of lung cancer with occupational cleaning, which concerns a considerable proportion of women workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-616
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Atramont, A., Guida, F., Mattei, F., Matrat, M., Cenée, S., Sanchez, M., Carton, M., Menvielle, G., Marrer, E., Neri, M., Luce, D., Stücker, I., Danzon, A., Woronoff, A. S., Michel, V., Buemi, A., Tretarre, B., Colonna, M., Delafosse, P., ... Fevotte, J. (2016). Professional cleaning activities and lung cancer risk among women: Results from the ICARE Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(6), 610-616.