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Two cases of lung cancer in foundry workers.

Authors
 Inchul Jeong ; Innshil Ryu ; Jaehoon Roh ; Inah Kim ; Eun-A Kim ; Jong-Uk Won ; Inhyo Park ; Boowook Kim 
Citation
 Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol.25(3) : 1~5, 2013 
Journal Title
 Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 
ISSN
 1225-3618 
Issue Date
2013
Abstract
Background : Iron and steel foundry workers are exposed to various toxic and carcinogenic substances including crystalline silica, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and arsenic. Studies have been conducted on lung cancer in iron and steel founding workers and the concentration of crystalline silica in foundries; however, the concentration of crystalline silica and cases of lung cancer in a single foundry has never been reported in Korea. Therefore, the authors report two cases of lung cancer and concentration of crystalline silica by the X-ray diffraction method. Case presentation : A 55-year-old blasting and grinding worker who worked in a foundry for 33 years was diagnosed with lung cancer. Another 64-year-old forklift driver who worked in foundries for 39 years was also diagnosed with lung cancer. Shot blast operatives were exposed to the highest level of respirable quartz (0.412 mg/m3), and a forklift driver was exposed to 0.223 mg/m3. Conclusions : The lung cancer of the two workers is very likely due to occupationally related exposure given their occupational history, the level of exposure to crystalline silica, and epidemiologic evidence. Further studies on the concentration of crystalline silica in foundries and techniques to reduce the crystalline silica concentration are required.
URI
http://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/88056
DOI
10.1186/2052-4374-25-16
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1. 연구논문 > 4. Graduate School of Public Health > Graduate School of Public Health
1. 연구논문 > 1. College of Medicine > Dept. of Preventive Medicine
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