Colon cancer incidence among modelmakers and patternmakers in the automobile manufacturing industry

A continuing dilemma

G. Marie Swanson, Steven H. Belle, Robert W. Burrows

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Abstract

Modelmakers and patternmakers in an automobile manufacturing corporation located in the Detroit metropolitan area expressed concern about cancer incidence in their work group. In particular, previous studies among woodworking patternmakers and modelmakers employed in the automobile manufacturing industry found excesses in the incidence of cancers of the colon and rectum. To determine cancer incidence among the study corporation’s woodworkers, a computerized record linkage study was performed. Cancer incidence data from the Michigan Cancer Foundation Division of Epidemiology’s Metropolitan Detroit Cancer Surveillance System (MDCSS) were linked with corporate records for their woodworkers. In this group of 316 workers, ten cancers were found, four of which were colon cancers. A standard morbidity ratio analysis revealed a statistically significant excess of colon cancer in the woodworkers, compared with a general population group matched for race, gender and age (SMR = 487.0, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-569
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Volume27
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Automobiles
Colonic Neoplasms
Incidence
Neoplasms
Rectal Neoplasms
Population Groups
Manufacturing Industry
Cohort Studies
Morbidity

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Colon cancer incidence among modelmakers and patternmakers in the automobile manufacturing industry : A continuing dilemma. / Swanson, G. Marie; Belle, Steven H.; Burrows, Robert W.

In: Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 27, No. 8, 1985, p. 567-569.

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Swanson, G. Marie ; Belle, Steven H. ; Burrows, Robert W. / Colon cancer incidence among modelmakers and patternmakers in the automobile manufacturing industry : A continuing dilemma. In: Journal of Occupational Medicine. 1985 ; Vol. 27, No. 8. pp. 567-569.
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