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Am J Epidemiol. 1992 Apr 1;135(7):763-8.

Smoking and risk of leukemia.

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892.


The relation between tobacco use and leukemia was evaluated in a population-based case-control study of 578 white men with leukemia and 820 controls conducted in Iowa and Minnesota during 1981-1984. Risks were significantly elevated for all leukemia (odds ratio (OR) = 1.4) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (OR = 1.6) for both tobacco users and cigarette smokers. There were significantly elevated risks for cigarette smokers of longest duration for all leukemia (OR = 1.6), chronic myelogenous leukemia (OR = 3.3), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (OR = 1.6). Thus, the findings of this study provide additional support for an association between smoking and the risk of several types of leukemia.

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