Occupational risk for hematological malignancies

Am J Hematol. 1991 Oct;38(2):147-9. doi: 10.1002/ajh.2830380216.


A case-control study was conducted in 620 cases of hematological malignancies and in 1,240 age- and sex-matched controls in order to verify the possible association between occupation, toxic substances exposure, and the risk of hematological neoplasias. The results demonstrate that farmers and industrial workers have a significant risk for hematological malignancies. Exposure to asbestos, aromatic hydrocarbons, fertilizers, mineral oils, pesticides, and radiations is associated with a significant increase in the risk for these malignant diseases. These data are in agreement with previously reported data, and require a confirmation in larger, prospective studies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Habits
  • Hazardous Substances / adverse effects
  • Hodgkin Disease / chemically induced
  • Hodgkin Disease / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Leukemia / chemically induced
  • Leukemia / epidemiology*
  • Lymphoma / chemically induced
  • Lymphoma / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes / chemically induced
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes / epidemiology*
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders / chemically induced
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Exposure*
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Population


  • Hazardous Substances