Study Links Occupational Exposures to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
A pooled analysis of 10 international studies suggests that occupational exposures from the farming, hairdressing, and textile industries may contribute to the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a group of related cancers that affect the lymphatic system. This study confirms previously reported positive associations between NHL and crop-farming occupations and associations of NHL with specific occupations, including women’s hairdressers, cleaners, and carpenters. Researchers identified several other occupations associated with NHL or NHL subtypes, including painters, printers, wood workers, metal workers, and medical workers.
Their analysis also found associations with NHL for a number of occupations in which workers are potentially exposed to solvents. However, the authors note that other exposures may also be responsible. For example, metal workers would be exposed to metal dust and metal-working fluids in addition to solvents.
The full study results are published in.