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An examination of the association between lifetime history of prostate and pancreatic cancer diagnosis and occupation in a population sample of Canadians

Author: Smriti Singh, James Ted McDonald, Gabriela Ilie, Anil Adisesh
Year: 2020
Category: Health Publications

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Occupation was assessed as possible risk factors for prostate (PCa) and pancreatic cancer in a large Canadian worker cohort.


In Canadian men aged 24–64 years, the highest elevated risks of PCa were observed for library clerks (HR = 2.36, 95% CI:1.12–4.97), medical radiation technologists (HR = 1.66, 95% CI:1.04–2.65), telecommunications and line cable workers (HR = 1.62, 95% CI: 1.22–3.16) and commissioned police officers (HR = 1.54, 95% CI: 1.10–2.16. The highest elevated risk for pancreatic cancer were observed for commissioned police officers (HR = 4.34, 95% CI: 1.85–10.21), photographic and film processors (HR = 3.97, 95% CI:1.69–9.34), railway and motor transport labourers (HR = 3.94, 95% CI: 1.67–9.29), and computer engineers (HR = 3.82, 95%CI: 1.52–9.61).


These findings emphasize the need for further study of job-related exposures and the potential influence of non-occupational factors such as screening practices.