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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Abstract

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 (US)
Pages (from-to)883-888
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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