Extended followup of a cohort of chromium production workers

Herman Jones Gibb, Peter St John Lees, Jing Wang, Keri Grace O'Leary

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Background: The current study evaluates the mortality of 2,354 workers first employed at a Baltimore chromate production plant between 1950 and 1974. Methods: The National Death Index (NDI Plus) was used to determine vital status and cause of death. Cumulative chromium (VI) exposure and nasal and skin irritation were evaluated as risk factors for lung cancer mortality. Results: There are 91,186 person-years of observation and 217 lung cancer deaths. Cumulative chromium (VI) exposure, nasal irritation, nasal perforation, nasal ulceration, and other forms of irritation (e.g., skin irritation) were associated with lung cancer mortality. Conclusion: Cumulative chromium (VI) exposure was a risk factor for lung cancer death. Cancer deaths, other than lung cancer, were not significantly elevated. Irritation may be a possible mechanism for chromium (VI)-induced lung cancer. Am. J. Ind. Med. 58:905-913, 2015.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-913
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Chromium (III)
  • Chromium (VI)
  • Irritation
  • Lung cancer
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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