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Cancer risk in the semiconductor industry: responding to the call for action
  1. K A Mundt
  1. Correspondence to:
 K A Mundt
 ENVIRON International Corporation, PO Box 2424, Amherst, MA 01004-2424, USA; kmundt{at}environcorp.com

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Commentary on the paper by Bender et al (see page 30)

In a 2002 editorial, an international group of occupational physicians and health scientists issued a “call for action”, specifically raising concerns about cancer risk in the semiconductor industry.1 Citing the small number of published papers available at that time,2,3 and some unpublished and anecdotal reports, the authors of the editorial highlighted ways in which “some real elevation in the cancer risks” might remain unascertained. They noted, “Though the [earlier] findings are not conclusive, it is clear that more detailed studies are urgently needed to determine whether or not there is a workplace risk, and if so to determine its specific nature and size”.1 Subsequent epidemiological investigations of cancer risk in the semiconductor industry have been limited to two cohorts of about 1800 and 4900 employees in the semiconductor industry in the UK.4–6 These studies identified increased risks for a few cancer sites; however, …

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