The risk of lung cancer after cessation of asbestos exposure in construction workers using pleural malignant mesothelioma as a marker of exposure.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:To study the risk of lung cancer in heavily asbestos-exposed workers after the exposure to asbestos has ended. METHODS:Lung cancer was studied in a cohort of 189,896 Swedish construction workers through a linkage with the Swedish Cancer Registry. Asbestos exposure was estimated by the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the occupational group. RESULTS:There were in total 2835 cases of lung cancer. Workers with heavy exposure to asbestos had an increased risk of lung cancer (relative risks = 1.74; 95% confidence interval, 1.25 to 2.41) before exposure ended and a similar risk to those with low exposure 20 years after the exposure had ceased (relative risks = 0.94; 95% confidence interval, 0.77 to 1.15). CONCLUSIONS:Workers with heavy exposure to asbestos have a similar risk of lung cancer as persons with low or no exposure 20 years after the exposure has ended.

journal_name

J Occup Environ Med

authors

Järvholm B,Aström E

doi

10.1097/JOM.0000000000000258

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2014-12-01 00:00:00

pages

1297-301

issue

12

eissn

1076-2752

issn

1536-5948

pii

00043764-201412000-00011

journal_volume

56

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