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Hidajat et al have recently published a further report1 from an updated mortality study of UK rubber workers set up in the 1970s.2 In a statistically complex analysis based on assumed job histories, Hidajat et al 1 reported positive associations for a host of cancer sites and all occupational exposures that they considered (rubber dust, rubber fume, nitrosamines). Taken at face value these …
Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests TS is PI for a contemporary cohort study of health risks in the rubber industry and the University of Birmingham has received funds in recent years from both the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) and the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (BTMA) to defray the costs of this study. A draft of the current letter was not shared with others.
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