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J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Sep;47(9):948-57.

Occupation and thyroid cancer risk in Sweden.

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Cancer and Environmental Epidemiology Area, National Center for Epidemiology, Carlos III Institute of Health, Madrid, Spain. vicarvajal@isciii.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to identify occupations and industries with increased incidence of thyroid cancer in Swedish workers.

METHOD:

Standardized incidence ratios were computed for each job and industry for the period 1971-1989 through record-linkage with the Swedish National Cancer and Death Registers. Age-, period-, geographically adjusted relative risks were calculated using Poisson models.

RESULTS:

Increased risks were found for teachers, construction carpenters, policemen, and prison/reformatory officials in men, and medical technicians, shop managers, tailors, and shoecutters among women. Industries with risk excess are manufacture of agricultural machinery, manufacture of computing/accessories, and public administration/police among men; and manufacture of prefabricated wooden buildings, electric installation work, and wholesale of live animals/fertilizers/oilseed/grain among women.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results corroborate some previously reported increased risks. Further research is needed to assess the influence of specific chemical agents related with some of the highlighted work environments.

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