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

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

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Abstract

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 - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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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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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, 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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