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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Cancer and Construction: What Occupational Histories in a Canadian Community Reveal
Author(s): Brophy, James T
Keith, Margaret M
Gorey, Kevin M
Laukkanen, Ethan
Luginaah, Isaac N
Abu-Zahra, Hakam
Watterson, Andrew
Hellyer, Deborah J
Reinhartz, Abraham
Park, Robert M
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Keywords: laryngeal
head-and-neck cancers
esophageal cancers
occupational histories
construction industry
population-based research
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Date Deposited: 12-Dec-2008
Citation: Brophy JT, Keith MM, Gorey KM, Laukkanen E, Luginaah IN, Abu-Zahra H, Watterson A, Hellyer DJ, Reinhartz A & Park RM (2007) Cancer and Construction: What Occupational Histories in a Canadian Community Reveal. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 13 (1), pp. 32-38.
Abstract: From 2000 to 2002, male patients at a Canadian cancer treatment center with new-incident head-and-neck or esophageal cancers were invited to participate in a population-based study. The study population included 87 cases and 172 controls. A lifetime-history questionnaire was administered. Odds ratios (ORs) were calculated for occupational groups with a minimum of five cases, adjusted for duration of employment, age, smoking, alcohol, education, and income. A significantly increased risk was shown for construction workers (OR = 2.20; 95% CI 1.25–3.91). This investigation of a set of rare cancers over a limited time period demonstrates the feasibility of this research approach. The increased risk among construction workers supports the need for more comprehensive study of exposures in this occupational group.
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