Feb 23, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study in the Jan
15, 2009 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that women
exposed to organic solvents on the job are at higher risk of non-Hodgkin
NHL is a term for a number of immune-system malignancies
which hit 66,120 people and killed 19,160 in 2008, according to the National
The incidence of the disease has been on the rise at a
rate of 3 to 4 percent per year since 1970s, Dr. Tongzhang Zheng of the Yale
School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut and colleagues note in their
For the study, the researchers compared 601 women
diagnosed with NHL with 717 controls without the disease for their exposure to organic
They found occupational exposure to chlorinated solvents
increased risk of developing NHL risk by 40 percent compared to a 30 percent increase
by exposure to formaldehyde and 100 percent by tetrachloride exposure.
Benzene exposure also raised NHL risk.
High exposure to organic solvents led to high risk of
NHL, according to the study.
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