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Int J Epidemiol. 1984 Mar;13(1):3-10.

Cancer in a factory using amosite asbestos.


The paper describes the mortality experience of 5969 men employed in a factory where insulation board was manufactured using amosite asbestos from 1947 to 1979. 422 (7%) of the men were known to have died by the end of 1980. Among the 4820 men engaged in the manufacture of insulation board a doubling of the risk of lung cancer has occurred (57 deaths observed; 29 deaths expected). An excess is present both in men who entered the factory before and after 1960. Among the 2461 for whom smoking information is available a detectable excess risk is limited to current smokers exposed to higher levels of asbestos. Apart from five deaths from mesothelioma no statistically large or significant excesses of mortality from cancers of other sites have occurred, but further follow-up of the cohort is in progress. Nine deaths from asbestosis have been recorded. The results are discussed in the light of other studies of the effects of exposure to amosite asbestos.

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