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Occupation and occupational exposure to UV light as risk factors for hairy cell leukaemia evaluated in a case-control study.
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PMID:  9466117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To investigate the role of occupation as a risk factor for hairy cell leukaemia a case-control study on 121 male, hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) patients, and 484 controls matched for age and sex, was conducted. We found significantly elevated risk for HCL among building painters (OR, 5.7; 95% CI, 1.6-20.8; based on six cases and four controls) and construction workers (OR, 3.3; CI, 1.2-9.2; based on seven cases and eight controls). Farming has been suggested as a risk factor in HCL. In this investigation farmers had an OR of 1.2 (CI, 0.6-2.3) and farm workers an OR of 1.5 (CI, 0.8-2.8). However, having ever worked in farming yielded an OR of 1.8 (CI, 1.1-2.9). Having grown up mainly in a rural area gave an OR of 1.4 (CI, 0.9-2.4). UV light has been suggested as a risk factor for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). To evaluate the impact of UV exposure, classification of occupations as indoor, outdoor or mixed indoor/outdoor was made. Outdoor and mixed outdoor/indoor work yielded ORs of 2.3 (1.0-4.9) and 1.6 (1.0-2.5), respectively. When the effect of outdoor/indoor or mixed indoor/outdoor work was analysed using a scoring system the OR was 2.0 (CI, 0.9-4.4) for farmers compared with 0.8 (CI, 0.3-1.9) among non-farmers in the highest scoring group. There was no clear correlation between socioeconomic status as defined by the Swedish Socio-Economic Classification (SEI), and the risk of HCL. As many comparisons were made, the possibility of associations occurring by chance can not be excluded.
M Nordström; L Hardell; A Magnusson; H Hagberg; A Rask-Andersen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0959-8278     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Cancer Prev.     Publication Date:  1997 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-19     Completed Date:  1998-03-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9300837     Medline TA:  Eur J Cancer Prev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  467-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Oncology, Orebro Medical Centre, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Leukemia, Hairy Cell / etiology*
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
Odds Ratio
Risk Factors
Time Factors
Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*

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