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Title: Renal cancer risk and occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and plastics.
Authors: Karami S,  Boffetta P,  Brennan P,  Stewart PA,  Zaridze D,  Matveev V,  Janout V,  Kollarova H,  Bencko V,  Navratilova M,  Szeszenia-Dabrowska N,  Mates D,  Gromiec JP,  Sobotka R,  Chow WH,  Rothman N,  Moore LE
Journal: J Occup Environ Med
Date: 2011 Feb
Branches: OEEB
PubMed ID: 21270648
PMC ID: PMC3065187
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and certain plastic monomers increased renal cell carcinoma (RCC) risk. METHODS: Unconditional logistic regression was used to calculate RCC risk in relation to exposure. RESULTS: No association between RCC risk and having ever been occupationally exposed to any polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or plastics was observed. Duration of exposure and average exposure also showed no association with risk. Suggestive positive associations between RCC risk and cumulative exposure to styrene (P-trend = 0.02) and acrylonitrile (P-trend = 0.06) were found. Cumulative exposure to petroleum/gasoline engine emissions was inversely associated with risk (P-trend = 0.02). CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate a possible association between occupational styrene and acrylonitrile exposure and RCC risk. Additional studies are needed to replicate findings, as this is the first time these associations have been reported and they may be due to chance.