RR833 - The joint effect of asbestos exposure and smoking on the risk of lung cancer mortality for asbestos workers (1971-2005)
The Great Britain Asbestos Survey was established in 1971 to monitor the long-term health of asbestos workers. Descriptive statistics and mortality of the cohort have been reported previously (Harding & Wegerdt, 2006; Harding & Frost, 2009). The objectives of the analysis undertaken for this report were:
- to investigate if asbestos exposure increased lung cancer mortality risk in never smokers;
- to determine if the risk of lung cancer mortality reduces following smoking cessation for asbestos workers; and
- to examine the interaction between exposure to asbestos and smoking on lung cancer mortality risk.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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