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Mortality and tumour morbidity among Swedish market gardeners and orchardists

Littorin, Margareta LU ; Attewell, Robyn; Skerfving, Staffan LU ; Horstmann, Vibeke LU and Möller, Torgil LU (1993) In International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 65(3). p.163-169
Abstract
In order to investigate possible effects of exposure

to pesticides, mainly fungicides and insecticides,

we studied a cohort of 2370 subjects, who, during the

period 1965-1982, had been members of a horticulturists'

trade association (market gardeners and orchardists).

Compared to a regional reference population, total mortality

( 542 deaths; standardized mortality morbidity ratio,

SMR = 0.8 ; 95 % confidence limits, C Ls = 0.7, 0.9) and

mortality due to malignant tumours ( 133 deaths, SMR =

0.9 ; C Ls = 0.7, 1.0), and cardiovascular and respiratory

deaths were somewhat decreased Suggestive excesses in

mortality were seen for mental disorders... (More)
In order to investigate possible effects of exposure

to pesticides, mainly fungicides and insecticides,

we studied a cohort of 2370 subjects, who, during the

period 1965-1982, had been members of a horticulturists'

trade association (market gardeners and orchardists).

Compared to a regional reference population, total mortality

( 542 deaths; standardized mortality morbidity ratio,

SMR = 0.8 ; 95 % confidence limits, C Ls = 0.7, 0.9) and

mortality due to malignant tumours ( 133 deaths, SMR =

0.9 ; C Ls = 0.7, 1.0), and cardiovascular and respiratory

deaths were somewhat decreased Suggestive excesses in

mortality were seen for mental disorders and tumours of

the stomach, skin and nervous system The tumours of the

nervous system were in particular excess in the young

and middle-aged horticulturists (below age 60 ; six cases,

SMR = 2.9 ; C Ls = 1.1, 6.2) During the period 1965-

1986, the total tumour morbidity was slightly decreased

( 255 cases; SMR = 0.9 ; C Ls = 0.8, 1.0), as were gastrointestinal

and respiratory tract tumours The incidence

of melanomas was increased ( 15 cases, SMR = 2.1 ; C Ls

= 1.2, 3.5), and tumours of the female genital organs,

myelomas, and brain tumours ( 12 cases, SMR = 1.5 ;

C Ls = 0.8, 2.7) were slightly numerically elevated Brain

tumours in the young and middle-aged horticulturists ( 11

cases, SMR = 3.2 ; C Ls = 1.6, 5.7), including meningiomas

(four observed, SMR = 6.8 ; C Ls = 1.9, 17.4), were

increased, especially in the period 1975-1979 The mortality

and tumour morbidity patterns in gardeners and

orchardists, analysed separately, were similar to the patterns

in all the horticulturists The risk for brain tumours

in the young and middle-aged subjects was increased

about threefold in the gardeners, and about fivefold in

the orchardists; in particular, meningiomas were in excess

among the gardeners. (Less)
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  author       = {Littorin, Margareta and Attewell, Robyn and Skerfving, Staffan and Horstmann, Vibeke and Möller, Torgil},
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  number       = {3},
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  series       = {International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health},
  title        = {Mortality and tumour morbidity among Swedish market gardeners and orchardists},
  volume       = {65},
  year         = {1993},
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