April/May 2010 (vol. 06/6)

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Cancer risk in painters

A meta-analysis led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found a causal association between occupation as a painter and cancer. The analysis included all cohort, record-linkage, and case–control studies published up to August 2009 – 47 in total – and resulted in a summary relative risk for lung cancer in painters of 1.35 after controlling for smoking. Risk increased with duration of employment. There was insufficient data to examine the effects of specific chemicals.

Environmental Health Perspectives 2010; 118:303–312.  


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