Construction occupations, asbestos exposure, and cancer of the colon and rectum

Raymond Y. Demers, Patricia Brissette Burns, G. Marie Swanson

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    Colorectal cancer affects more than 157,000 Americans annually. Occupational risk from exposure to asbestos dust has been implicated, leading us to explore further the possible association between colorectal cancer and asbestos. Two hundred sixty-one cases of colon and rectal cancer and 183 control cases were identified within a large, population-based case-control study conducted in southeast Michigan. Employment in occupations historically known to involve heavy exposure to asbestos was used as a surrogate for asbestos exposure. Cancers of the colon showed reduced odds ratios. Our findings differ substantially from those of the previous studies showing elevated risk. Further study is needed to address the same question, with specified asbestos exposure assessment and control for potentially significant confounders such as physical activity and diet.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1027-1031
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
    Volume36
    Issue number9
    StatePublished - Sep 1994

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    Asbestos
    Rectal Neoplasms
    Occupations
    Colonic Neoplasms
    Colorectal Neoplasms
    Occupational Exposure
    Dust
    Case-Control Studies
    Odds Ratio
    Diet
    Population

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    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Demers, R. Y., Burns, P. B., & Swanson, G. M. (1994). Construction occupations, asbestos exposure, and cancer of the colon and rectum. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 36(9), 1027-1031.

    Construction occupations, asbestos exposure, and cancer of the colon and rectum. / Demers, Raymond Y.; Burns, Patricia Brissette; Swanson, G. Marie.

    In: Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 36, No. 9, 09.1994, p. 1027-1031.

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    Demers, RY, Burns, PB & Swanson, GM 1994, 'Construction occupations, asbestos exposure, and cancer of the colon and rectum', Journal of Occupational Medicine, vol. 36, no. 9, pp. 1027-1031.
    Demers, Raymond Y. ; Burns, Patricia Brissette ; Swanson, G. Marie. / Construction occupations, asbestos exposure, and cancer of the colon and rectum. In: Journal of Occupational Medicine. 1994 ; Vol. 36, No. 9. pp. 1027-1031.
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