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Korean Journal of Epidemiology 1995;17(2): 188-200.
The Geographic Patterns of The Adult Male Bladder Cancer Patients in Korea: Clue as to the Occupational Exposure.
Do Myung Paek, Young Hahn Moon, Jung Sun Park, Ki Beom Lee, Kyung Yong Rhee, Kwan Hyung Yi
Abstract
We calculated the age specific Proportionate Morbidity Ratio(PMR)' for different areas as the outcome index by using the national cancer registry data(1988 1991) to assess the patterns of stomach cancer and bladder cancer. Also, we calculated 'Manufacturing workers Concentration Index(MCI)' for different areas as the exposure index by using the census data reported in 1980 to assess the relationship between cancer site specific PMRs and MCIs. As a result, we found the significant correlation(r=0.61, p=0.002) between the bladder cancer in the age of 40s and the industrial exposure indicator. Future analytic studies should be fruitful in identifying more occupational risk factors for bladder cancer. Investigation of cancer incidence including geographic variations and difference by age may identify patterns suggesting occupational exposures.
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