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Comparison of cancer incidence and mortality in the Norwegian Fire Departments Cohort, 1960–2018

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  • 2022

Objectives Elevated risk of cancer at several sites has been reported among firefighters, although with mixed findings. The purpose of this study was to calculate standardised incidence ratios (SIRs) and standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) for cancer and compare them to assess whether use of the different measures could be a source of inconsistencies in findings. Methods The Norwegian Fire Departments Cohort, comprising 4295 male employees who worked at 15 fire departments across Norway, was linked to health outcome registries for the period 1960–2018. SIRs and SMRs were derived using national reference rates. Results Overall, we observed elevated incidence of colon cancer (SIR, 95% CI 1.27, 1.01 to 1.58), mesothelioma (2.59, 1.12 to 5.11), prostate cancer (1.18, 1.03 to 1.34) and all sites combined (1.15, 1.08 to 1.23). Smaller, non-significant elevations were found for mortality of colon cancer (SMR, 95% CI 1.20, 0.84 to 1.67) and mesothelioma (1.66, 0.34 to 4.86), while SMR for prostate cancer was at unity. Potential errors were observed in some of the mortality data, notably for mesothelioma cases. Among those who died of cancer, 3.7% (n=14) did not have a prior diagnosis of malignancy at the same site group. Conclusions Assessment of incidence or mortality did...

Marjerrison, Niki; Jacobsen, Jarle; Demers, Paul A.; Grimsrud, Tom Kristian; Hansen, Johnni; Martinsen, Jan Ivar; Nordby, Karl-Christian; Veierød, Marit Bragelien; Kjærheim, Kristina
Occupational and Environmental Medicine BMJ Publishing Group, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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