Genevieve M. Matanoski, Emanuel Landau

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The cancer mortality in an industrialized area of Baltimore which contains an arsenical-producing insecticide plant has been determined for the period 1968-1972. The rates have been compared to all census tracts in the city which match the index tracts for age, race, sex and socioeconomic characteristics. The lung cancer mortality for males residing in the tract in which the plant is located is significantly higher than for males in control tracts. A similar comparison in females does not show an excess risk. Studies of the levels of arsenic in soil samples around the plant indicate high levels 3/8th of a mile beyond the plant but no excess beyond this distance even though lung cancer cases occur at further points. The levels are high along the northerly route of a railroad line which may suggest arsenic spread via transportation. Further investigation of gradients is underway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes
EventAPCA Spec Conf on, Toxic Subst in the Air Environ, Proc - Cambridge, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 7 1976Nov 9 1976


OtherAPCA Spec Conf on, Toxic Subst in the Air Environ, Proc
CityCambridge, MA, USA

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  • Engineering(all)


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