Occupation and Leukemia in Nordic Countries

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 in1960, 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.

Source : Talibov, Madar; Kautiainen, Susanna; Martinsen, Jan Ivar; Kjaerheim, Kristina; Lynge, Elsebeth; Sparen, Per; Tryggvadottir, Laufey; Weiderpass, Elisabete; Pukkala, Eero. Occupation and Leukemia in Nordic Countries. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: December 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 12 - p 1527–1532. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182664885

 

 

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