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Occupation a key factor in men’s lung cancer risk

Posted Feb 16 2010 6:57am

Men who work in certain occupations continue to be at increased risk of lung cancernew research from Italy shows

In factabout 5 percent of lung cancers in men are job-relatedDario Consonni of the IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan and associates found.

While cigarettes are by far the most important cause of lung cancerchemicals and other on-the-job hazards “play a remarkable role” in lung cancer riskthe researchers write in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

To provide updated information on these risksthey looked at the association between lung cancer and jobs either known or suspected to increase the risk of the disease in 2,100 people diagnosed with lung cancer and 2,120 healthy individuals matched by agegender and residence.

For menabout 12 percent had worked in occupations listed as known lung cancer riskscompared to 6 percent of controls; these occupations included miningmetalworkingand certain types of construction work.

Men in the known to be risky occupations were 74 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with lung cancer. The strongest associations were seen for ceramic and pottery jobs and brick manufacturingas well as for those working in manufacturing of non-iron metals.

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