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Original article

Scand J Work Environ Health 1992;18(4):225-232    pdf


Occupational exposure to sulfuric acid in southern Ontario, Canada, in association with laryngeal cancer.

by Soskolne CL, Jhangri GS, Siemiatycki J, Lakhani R, Dewar R, Burch JD, Howe GR, Miller AB

A case-referent study, designed to test associations between asbestos, nickel, and the development of laryngeal cancer, was conducted in southern Ontario in 1977-1979. The cases were individually matched to neighborhood referents for gender and age. This constituted the primary study. Personal interviews had secured tobacco, alcohol, and detailed work histories. To 183 of the male pairs was added retrospective assessments of sulfuric acid exposure for each job, blind of disease status; this constituted the data base for an augmented secondary analysis. Logistic regression revealed statistically significant odds ratios when tobacco and alcohol were controlled. Exposure-response gradients were strongly positive with odds ratios in the range of 1.97 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 0.63-6.13] for short duration-low level exposure through 6.91 [95% CI 2.20-21.74] for long duration-higher level exposure employing progressively more specific definitions of exposure. Asbestos as a confounder and the interaction terms examined were nonsignificant. These findings are corroborative of those of other studies.