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[MOL] Gasoline exposure increases risk of male breast cancer



Gasoline exposure increases risk of male breast cancer
    [03/30/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK, Mar 29 (Reuters Health) -- Breast cancer strikes men
at a rate one-hundredth that of women, but a report suggests
that men who work around gasoline and combustion products have
a significantly higher risk of developing the disease.``If gasoline
and combustion products cause breast cancer in men, it probably
does so in women too,'' according to Dr. Johnni Hansen of the
Danish Cancer Society, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen,
Denmark. 

Hansen looked at the lifetime employment records of 230 Danish
men born between 1897 and 1966 who were diagnosed with breast
cancer. The researcher matched each case with 56 men born the
same year who did not have the disease. Men who had blue-collar
jobs for at least 3 months in service stations, vehicle maintenance,
wholesale gasoline sales, or car repair shops were considered
to have been exposed to gasoline vapors. Men who had been exposed
to gasoline and combustion products for at least 3 months were
more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those who
had not been exposed, Hansen reports. In addition, men who began
working in these trades before age 40 were almost four times
as likely to develop the disease. Writing in the current issue
of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Hansen notes
that although breast cancer is rare in men, the disease in men
seems to be linked to many of the same factors as in women. These
factors include family history of disease, a prior non-malignant
breast disorder, and exposure to ionizing radiation. Previous
studies have linked exposure to benzene and certain hydrocarbons,
both products of gasoline and diesel fuels combustion, with breast
cancer in women and in animals.

The full article can be found at:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000329/hl/psa_73.html
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