Cancer mortality and occupational exposure to aromatic amines and inhalable aerosols in rubber tire manufacturing in Poland

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  • Authors:
  • Frank de Vocht
  • Wojciech Sobala
  • Urszula Wilczynska
  • Hans Kromhout
  • Neonila Szeszenia-Dabrowska
  • And 1 others
  • External authors:
  • Beata Peplonska


Aim: Most data on carcinogenic risk in the rubber industry are based on data from Western countries. This study assessed cancer risks in a retrospective cohort in a Polish tire manufacturing plant, relying on quantified exposure to inhalable aerosols and aromatic amines instead of job titles or external comparisons. Methods: Cumulative exposure for all exposures was assigned to cohort members based on estimates from a company-specific JEM. Cancer risks associated with cumulative exposure adjusted for co-exposures, gender and year of birth were calculated. Results: Exposure levels were higher for women than for men. Aromatic amine exposure was significantly associated with increased urinary bladder cancer risk (RR = 7.32-8.27), depending on exposure level, and prostate cancer at low levels only (RR = 5.86). In women, increased risks were found for all cancers (RR = 2.50) and of the digestive organs and peritoneum (RR = 4.54) at low level only, while an exposure-response association with breast cancer risk was found. Inhalable aerosol exposure was associated with cancers of the liver and intrahepatic bile ducts in a dose-dependent manner, while dose-dependent reduced risks were found for respiratory cancers (most notably the larynx) and cancer of the colon. Conclusions: Increased risks for specific cancer sites in this rubber plant were similar to Western Europe and the US. However, several cancer risks were gender-specific which could relate to higher exposure levels in women or to differences in exposures to chemicals not assessed in this study. Crown Copyright © 2009.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Epidemiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009