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Risks of Pathologists Exposed to Formaldehyde.


PB91173682

Publication Date 1989
Personal Author Matanoski, G. M.
Page Count 34
Abstract A study was conducted to determine if pathologists with exposure to formaldehyde (50000) demonstrate an excess risk of cancer, particularly cancers of the nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal areas. A population of 6411 physicians with occupational formaldehyde exposure participated in the study. The occurrence of these types of cancers was 4.7 times higher in these persons than in a comparable sized group of psychiatrists, but even so it is difficult to determine the importance of the increased risk as being directly tied to formaldehyde exposure. Pathologists and other members of the study group were exposed to other chemicals and infectious agents as well as formaldehyde. There was an apparent excess of mortality from pancreatic cancer and brain cancers as well as leukemia. The study indicates that it is difficult to see how a large dose of the agent could be absorbed and reach these areas of the body since formaldehyde is such an irritating substance.
Keywords
  • Pathology
  • Occupational exposure
  • Formaldehyde
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Risk factors
  • Dose-response relationships
  • Comparative study
  • Brain neoplasms
  • Epidemiology
  • Tables(Data)
  • Psychiatry
  • Mortality
  • Pancreatic neoplasms
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57O - Pathology
  • 94D - Job Environment
Corporate Authors Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Dept. of Epidemiology.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 199114
Risks of Pathologists Exposed to Formaldehyde.
Risks of Pathologists Exposed to Formaldehyde.
PB91173682

  • Pathology
  • Occupational exposure
  • Formaldehyde
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Risk factors
  • Dose-response relationships
  • Comparative study
  • Brain neoplasms
  • Epidemiology
  • Tables(Data)
  • Psychiatry
  • Mortality
  • Pancreatic neoplasms
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57O - Pathology
  • 94D - Job Environment
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