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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Dec;54(12):1527-32. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182664885.

Occupation and leukemia in Nordic countries.

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School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. Madar.Talibov@uta.fi

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We studied occupational variation of the risk of acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and other leukemia in Nordic countries.

METHODS:

The study cohort comprised 15 million persons older than 30 years who participated in the population censuses in 1960, 1970, 1980/1981, 1990, or all of these years in five Nordic countries. Standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) were estimated for 53 occupations and one group of economically inactive persons.

RESULTS:

Significantly increased risks were observed for acute myeloid leukemia among drivers (SIR = 1.16; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.07-1.26) and food workers (SIR = 1.13; 95% CI, 1.01-1.27); for chronic lymphocytic leukemia among farmers (SIR = 1.09; 95% CI, 1.04-1.14) and clerical workers (SIR = 1.07; 95% CI, 1.01-1.14); and for other leukemia among seamen (SIR = 1.24; 95% CI, 1.04-1.49), "other health workers" (SIR = 1.22; 95% CI, 1.02-1.47), chemical process workers (SIR = 1.18; 95% CI, 1.01-1.38), and sales agents (SIR = 1.15; 95% CI, 1.06-1.25).

CONCLUSION:

Observed modest occupational variation of leukemia risk might be associated with occupational or lifestyle factors.

PMID:
23114389
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182664885
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