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Conflicting findings from a rubber industry cohort study: what is the explanation?
  1. Tom Sorahan
  1. Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Tom Sorahan, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; t.m.sorahan{at}

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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 …

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  • 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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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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