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I. lILR. Number 96 90 83 82 97 95 93 109 142 93 90 24/18 17/17 14/14 22/23 92/82 36/47 44/55 33/32 11/6 4/10 I Ratio 133 100 100 96 112 77 80 103 183 40 1 Number on death certificate divided by number according to occupational history. Histories were obtained by interview with hospitalized lung cancer patients who were subsequently traced on routine state death records (BRESLOW). from these studies that workers employed in the metallurgical industry, painters, decorators, and mechanics are distinctly more often affected by lung cancer than farmers and agricultural laborers as well as coal miners.

Years 1. (A, J. 75+ PHILLIPS) of exposure to the occupational carcinogen is, as a rule, at an adult age and that the degree of exposure to the various carcinogens is not sufficiently high for shortening significantly the length of the latent period. Observations on chimney sweep cancer of the scrotum (HUEPER) and on occupational aromatic amino cancer of the bladder 26 Specific Industrial Respiratory Carcinogens (GOLDBLATT and GOLDBLATT), on the other hand, indicate that the age at entrance into a hazardous occupation determines to a demonstrable degree the age of manifestation of the cancer.

They are uniformly blank on asbestosis. " The former astounding lack of medical and epidemiologic information has changed for the better in recent years, although it has remained rather defective in some countries (MITCHELL). Asbestosis is relatively common among asbestos workers 42 Specific Occupational Cancers and Their Environmental Counterparts of various occupations. 2% of 363 out of a total of 2,200 asbestos workers medically examined in England showed evidence of asbestosis. According to BOHLIG, JACOB and MUELLER, more than 33% of the approximately 10,000 German asbestos workers show signs of asbestosis (1960).

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