Associations between several sites of cancer and twelve petroleum-derived liquids. Results from a case-referent study in Montreal

Scand J Work Environ Health. 1987 Dec;13(6):493-504. doi: 10.5271/sjweh.2008.


A population-based case-referent study provided information on the associations between several types of cancer and 12 petroleum-derived liquids. All site-exposure combinations were investigated. The most interesting results concerned the following combinations: leaded gasoline-stomach cancer, aviation gasoline-kidney cancer (and the possible implications of this association for a similar effect of unleaded automotive gasoline), mineral spirits-squamous-cell cancer of the lung, diesel fuel-nonadenocarcinoma lung cancer, lubricating oils-squamous-cell lung cancer, cutting fluids-bladder cancer, other mineral oils-bladder cancer, mineral spirits-prostate cancer, diesel fuel-prostate cancer, and lubricating oils-prostate cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Hydrocarbons / adverse effects*
  • Neoplasms / chemically induced*
  • Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Petroleum / adverse effects*
  • Quebec
  • Risk Factors


  • Hydrocarbons
  • Petroleum