Cancer incidence in Florida professional firefighters, 1981 to 1999

Fangchao Ma, Lora E. Fleming, David J Lee, Edward Trapido, Terence A. Gerace

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the cancer risk associated with firefighting. METHODS: Standardized incidence ratio analysis (SIR) was used to determine the relative cancer risk for firefighters as compared with the Florida general population. RESULTS: Among 34,796 male (413,022 person-years) and 2,017 female (18,843 person-years) firefighters, 970 male and 52 female cases of cancer were identified. Male firefighters had significantly increased incidence rates of bladder (SIR = 1.29; 95% confidence interval = 1.01-1.62), testicular (1.60; 1.20-2.09), and thyroid cancers (1.77; 1.08-2.73). Female firefighters had significantly increased incidence rates of overall cancer (1.63; 1.22-2.14), cervical (5.24; 2.93-8.65), and thyroid cancer (3.97; 1.45-8.65) and Hodgkin disease (6.25; 1.26-18.26). CONCLUSIONS: Firefighting may be associated with an increased risk of selected site-specific cancers in males and females, including an overall increased cancer risk in female firefighters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-888
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

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Firefighters
Incidence
Neoplasms
Thyroid Neoplasms
Hodgkin Disease
Urinary Bladder
Confidence Intervals
Population

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Cancer incidence in Florida professional firefighters, 1981 to 1999. / Ma, Fangchao; Fleming, Lora E.; Lee, David J; Trapido, Edward; Gerace, Terence A.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 48, No. 9, 01.09.2006, p. 883-888.

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Ma, Fangchao ; Fleming, Lora E. ; Lee, David J ; Trapido, Edward ; Gerace, Terence A. / Cancer incidence in Florida professional firefighters, 1981 to 1999. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 48, No. 9. pp. 883-888.
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