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Am J Public Health. 2003 Oct;93(10):1748-52.

Occupational risk factors for selected cancers among African American and White men in the United States.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA. nbriggs@mmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined occupational risks for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and soft-tissue sarcoma among African American and White men.

METHODS:

Race-specific multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted using data from a large US population-based case-control study.

RESULTS:

Significant occupational risks were limited to African Americans; chromium was associated with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (odds ratio [OR] = 3.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.2, 12.9) and wood dust was associated with Hodgkin's disease (OR = 4.6, 95% CI = 1.6, 13.3) and soft-tissue sarcoma (OR = 3.7, 95% CI = 1.6, 8.6).

CONCLUSIONS:

Race-specific occupational risk factors for cancer were evident only among African American men. This may reflect racial disparities in levels of exposure to occupational carcinogens.

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