OCCUPATIONAL CAUSES OF LUNG CANCER IN NEW MEXICO'S ANGLOS AND HISPANICS
Although, elevated risk for lung cancer has been associated with certain industries and occupations in previous studies, the lack of cigarette smoking information in many of these investigations resulted in estimates that could not be adjusted for the effects of smoking. To determine lung cancer risk due to occupation and smoking, for New Mexico's Anglos and Hispanics, a population-based case-control study was conducted. Incident cases diagnosed 1980-1982, and controls from the general population, were interviewed for lifetime occupational and smoking histories. Specific high risk industries and occupations were identified in advance and linked with industrial and occupational codes for hypotheses-testings. Significantly elevated risks were found for welders (RR = 3.5) and underground miners (RR = 2.0) with adjustment for smoking. Because shipbuilding was the industry of employment for only five of the 18 cases who were welders, exposures other than asbestos could be causal agents. Among the underground for only five of the 18 cases who were welders, exposures other than asbestos could be causal agents. Among the underground miners, uranium, copper, lead and zinc, coal, and potash mining industries were represented. Low prevalence of employment in some of the industries and occupations of interest resulted in inconclusive results.
LERCHEN, MARY L, "OCCUPATIONAL CAUSES OF LUNG CANCER IN NEW MEXICO'S ANGLOS AND HISPANICS" (1983). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8419883.