Lung cancer and occupational exposures other than cotton dust and endotoxin among women textile workers in Shanghai, China.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Occupational and environmental medicine, Volume 68, Issue 6, p.425-9 (2011)


2011, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, China, Cotton Fiber, Dust, Endotoxins, Environmental Monitoring, Epidemiologic Methods, Female, Formaldehyde, Humans, Lung Neoplasms, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases, Occupational Exposure, Public Health Sciences Division, Silicon Dioxide, Smoking, Textile Industry, Time Factors


Numerous epidemiological studies of lung cancer among textile workers worldwide consistently indicate reduced risks related to cotton dust exposure, presumably due to endotoxin contamination. Our objective was to investigate associations with other exposures potentially related to lung cancer, including wool and synthetic fibre dusts, formaldehyde, silica, dyes and metals, that have only been studied to a limited extent in the textile industry.