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Occupational risks for adenocarcinoma of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses in the German wood industry
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    Carcinogenicity of wood dust

    Dear Editor,

    As pointed out by the authors, the ultimate carcinogen in the occupational wood dust exposure is not known. It has been known that hardwood dust particles are much more harmful than those from softwood sources. Tannins are versatile markers for hardwood species (1) and their presence e.g. in the nasal lavage liquid can be used to quantitatively monitor the dust burden at the target site (2).

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    Carcinogenicity of wood dust

    Dear Editor,

    As pointed out by the authors, the ultimate carcinogen in the occupational wood dust exposure is not known. It has been known that hardwood dust particles are much more harmful than those from softwood sources. Tannins are versatile markers for hardwood species (1) and their presence e.g. in the nasal lavage liquid can be used to quantitatively monitor the dust burden at the target site (2).

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