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J Occup Environ Med. 2004 May;46(5):479-89.

Identification of occupational cancer risks in British Columbia: a population-based case-control study of 769 cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma analyzed by histopathology subtypes.

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Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences Bureau, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


We have, as part of a program aimed at detecting occupational risk factors in British Columbia, collected lifetime occupational histories as well as information on lifetime cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption from 15,643 incident cancer cases, of whom 782 had a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Occupational risks for this cancer site are examined using a matched case-control study design, and the results are presented in this report for all cases and for histopathology subtypes. The results of our study indicate excess NHL risk, particularly for a number of occupations that involve exposures to electromagnetic fields, treated and fresh wood, metals, and solvents.

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