Monday, February 15, 2010

Jobs have a Risk of Lung Cancer

Most people know the cause of lung cancer due to smoking. But research in Italy showed a man who worked in certain jobs can increase the risk of lung cancer.

Consonni Dario researchers and colleagues from IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan, find as much as 5 percent of men are affected by lung cancer associated with a particular job.

Yet according to the American Journal of Epidemiology, smoking remains a major cause for the disease of lung cancer. While chemicals and dangerous work that few can play a special role to the risk of lung cancer.

To see the relationship between lung cancer with the work, the researchers involved 2100 people diagnosed with lung cancer and 2120 healthy individuals with respect to age, gender and place of residence.

The result, obtained for 12 percent of men diagnosed with lung cancer worked in the mining, metal factory and some construction work.

Men with a risky job has probably 74 percent higher diagnosed with lung cancer.

The strongest association seen in the work related to ceramics, pottery, brick industry and non-metal industrial metal. In addition, in a small number of people also found a high risk of lung cancer in people who worked at a gas station, a glass worker and a welder.

This is probably caused by exposure to some chemicals continuously, do not use protective equipment like masks that special mamadai that can filter out small particles, or lack of medical examinations for the workers themselves.

As for women, the risk has not been established ditimbulkanya. This is because the number of women who are exposed to only a few that was not the right to take a conclusion. But the researchers speculate that this increase in risk of lung cancer in women who worked in the laundry and dry cleaners.

"The results of this discovery confirms the need for increased monitoring and continuous control of exposure to certain chemicals related to the job. It is good for prevention and as a compensation for the workers," said Dario Consonni, as quoted by Reuters on Tuesday (16 / 2 / 2010).