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Cancer Incidence Among Air Transportation Industry Workers Using the National Cohort Study of Korea

1, 2,*,† and 3,4,*,†
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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon 21565, Korea
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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222, Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06591, Korea
3
The Institute for Occupational Health, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 03722, Korea
4
Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Mo-Yeol Kang and Jin-Ha Yoon contributed equally to this manuscript.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2906; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162906
Received: 11 July 2019 / Revised: 9 August 2019 / Accepted: 11 August 2019 / Published: 14 August 2019
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Abstract

Background: There are increasing concerns regarding increased cancer risks in professional flight attendants due to their exposure to occupational hazards that are known or suspected to be carcinogenic. In this study, we aimed to analyze various cancer risks among a cohort of Korean air transportation industry workers. Methods: We used data from the Korean National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) database from 2002 to 2015. The age-standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) for all types of cancers in the aircraft transport industry workers compared to government employees and the entire employee population were calculated with adjustment for five-year age ranges via the indirect standardized method with gender stratification. Results: Leukemia (ICD-10; C91–C95) showed significantly higher SIRs (95% confidence interval (CI)) compared to the government employee group (1.86, 1.15–2.84) and the whole employee group (1.77, 1.10–2.70). Conclusion: Air transportation industry workers have an increased risk of leukemia compared to other occupational groups. View Full-Text
Keywords: air transportation industry workers; neoplasms; leukemia air transportation industry workers; neoplasms; leukemia
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Lee, W.; Kang, M.-Y.; Yoon, J.-H. Cancer Incidence Among Air Transportation Industry Workers Using the National Cohort Study of Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2906.

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