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Lung cancer mortality and occupational exposure to asbestos among telephone linemen: a historical cohort study in france.

Abstract : OBJECTIVE:: The authors studied the mortality by lung cancer in telephone linemen exposed to asbestos at low levels during installation of telephone cables. METHODS:: Three hundred eight lung cancers deaths were identified in the cohort. Exposure to asbestos and to other occupational carcinogens was assessed using a job-exposure matrix. RESULTS:: The relative risk for lung cancer death associated with an estimated exposure of approximately 2 f/cc-years was 2.1 (95% confidence interval = 1.1-4.0) as compared with workers exposed to less than 0.5 f/cc-years. Mean annual exposure or exposure duration were not clearly related to lung cancer. Adjustment for other occupational lung carcinogens did not change this finding. CONCLUSION:: The observed mortality by lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure at low levels is higher than the prediction based on linear downward extrapolations from highly exposed occupational cohorts.
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Djamila Meguellati-Hakkas, Diane Cyr, Isabelle Stücker, Joëlle Févotte, Corinne Pilorget, et al.. Lung cancer mortality and occupational exposure to asbestos among telephone linemen: a historical cohort study in france.. J Occup Environ Med, 2006, 48 (11), pp.1166-72. ⟨10.1097/01.jom.0000243357.70143.47⟩. ⟨inserm-00115650⟩

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