Does Your Job Put You at Risk for Lymphoma?

The occupation or industry in which one works may either increase or decrease risk for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, an immune system cancer often found in middle-aged adults.

Taking a job as a roofer, printer, farmer and even a medical professional or any other job with exposure to certain chemical and biologic agents may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), claims a new study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Researchers compared jobs between 1189 men and women with NHL and 982 men and women of similar age who did not, spanning 86 occupations in 97 industries. The investigators report an increased risk for NHL among religious workers, physical therapists, information clerks, purchasing agents and buyers, as well as workers in service, nursing/personal care, specialty outpatient care, and air transportation occupations.

By contrast, Schenk's group identified decreased risk among industrial production managers, post-secondary teachers, editors, reporters, and those working in public relations, financial records, administrative support, security and commodities, accident and health insurance, and medical and personal supply jobs.

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