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Title: Mycosis fungoides: epidemiologic observations.
Authors: Greene MH,  Dalager NA,  Lamberg SI,  Argyropoulos CE,  Fraumeni JF Jr
Journal: Cancer Treat Rep
Date: 1979 Apr
Branches: CGB, OD
PubMed ID: 445515
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: An analysis of cases from a multi-hospital, pathologically verified clinical series and of deaths from US mortality statistics available at the county level for 1950--1975 (excluding 1972) was made in order to obtain information on the etiology of mycosis fungoides (MF). Despite the absence of an appropriate comparison group, the cases seemed to have a high frequency of antecedent allergies, fungal and viral skin infections, sun sensitivity, familial aggregation of lymphoma and leukemia, and employment in a manufacturing occupation (especially petrochemical, textile, metal, and machinery industries). The mortality survey revealed a predominance among males, nonwhites, and residents of the northeastern US, the latter due partly to an association between MF mortality and population size. The influence of occupational exposures was suggested by the excessive MF mortality rates in counties where petroleum, rubber, primary and fabricated metal, machinery, and printing industries were located.