Original article

Scand J Work Environ Health 1984;10(4):259-261    pdf

https://doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.2333 | Issue date: Aug 1984

Cancer mortality among workers in a thermoelectric power plant.

by Cammarano G, Crosignani P, Berrino F, Berra G

At a thermoelectric power plant in Turbigo (Milan, Italy), an analysis of the technological process has shown the presence of exposure to several carcinogens: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, asbestos, hydrazine, polychlorinated biphenyls, chromium, nickel, and beryllium. An epidemiologic study was carried out to quantify the effect of the detected exposures on the workers, and the cancer mortality of the cohort was compared with the corresponding rates from the closest town and with cancer register data from a nearby province. Excess mortality was found for workers with 10 or more years of employment; the median latency time was about 20 years.