Retrospective cohort study of cancer morbidity in furniture makers exposed to wood dust

Z Gesamte Hyg. 1989 May;35(5):279-81.


A retrospective cohort study was undertaken to examine the cancer morbidity in a group of 759 furniture makers of the Neubrandenburg District. During the study interval of 1973 to 1984, a total of 40 malignant tumors occurred in the exposed group. Except for bronchial cancer (SIR = 68) and prostate cancer (SIR = 43), all observed tumors were overrepresented in comparison to the incidence of such illnesses in the normal population of the study area. Significantly increased SIRs occurred for malignant melanoma (2 cases, SIR = 952) and for rectal cancer (6 cases, SIR = 239). Malignant tumors of the nose and paranasal sinuses were not observed.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Dust / adverse effects*
  • Facility Design and Construction*
  • Germany, East
  • Humans
  • Interior Design and Furnishings*
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Wood*


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Dust