The risk of lung cancer after cessation of asbestos exposure in construction workers using pleural malignant mesothelioma as a marker of exposure.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 56, no 12, 1297-1301 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To study the risk of lung cancer in heavily asbestos-exposed workers after the exposure to asbestos has ended.
METHODS: Lung cancer was studied in a cohort of 189,896 Swedish construction workers through a linkage with the Swedish Cancer Registry. Asbestos exposure was estimated by the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the occupational group.
RESULTS: There were in total 2835 cases of lung cancer. Workers with heavy exposure to asbestos had an increased risk of lung cancer (relative risks = 1.74; 95% confidence interval, 1.25 to 2.41) before exposure ended and a similar risk to those with low exposure 20 years after the exposure had ceased (relative risks = 0.94; 95% confidence interval, 0.77 to 1.15).
CONCLUSIONS: Workers with heavy exposure to asbestos have a similar risk of lung cancer as persons with low or no exposure 20 years after the exposure has ended.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 56, no 12, 1297-1301 p.
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97347DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000258ISI: 000346696400011PubMedID: 25479300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-97347DiVA: diva2:772052