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Occupational Risk Factors for Selected Cancers Among African American and White Men in the United States

Briggs, Nathaniel C. and Levine, Robert S. and Hall, H. Irene and Cosby, Otis and Brann, Edward A. and Hennekens, Charles H. (2003) Occupational Risk Factors for Selected Cancers Among African American and White Men in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (10). pp. 1748-1752. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. This study examined occupational risks for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and soft-tissue sarcoma among African American and White men. Methods. Race-specific multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted using data from a large US population-based case–control study. Results. Significant occupational risks were limited to African Americans; chromium was associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (odds ratio [OR] = 3.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.2, 12.9) and wood dust was associated with Hodgkin’s disease (OR = 4.6, 95% CI = 1.6, 13.3) and soft-tissue sarcoma (OR = 3.7, 95% CI = 1.6, 8.6). Conclusions. Race-specific occupational risk factors for cancer were evident only among African American men. This may reflect racial disparities in levels of exposure to occupational carcinogens.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Hodgkin’s disease; soft-tissue sarcoma; African Americans; Race-specific occupational risk factors; cancer; African American men; racial disparities; occupational carcinogens
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
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Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2011 10:13
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1000

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