Table 4 Specific causes of mortality among former Wittenoom women, 1950 to 2004
Cause of deathnSMR1* (95% CI)SMR2† (95% CI)
Malignant mesothelioma30
Cancer of lung and trachea301.74 (1.17 to 2.48)2.15 (1.45 to 3.07)
Cancer of the breast291.05 (0.80 to 1.71)1.42 (0.95 to 2.03)
Cancer of the ovary91.26 (0.58 to 2.40)1.52 (0.69 to 2.88)
Cancer of the cervix51.14 (0.37 to 2.66)1.33 (0.43 to 3.10)
Cancer of the uterus10.48 (0.01 to 2.65)0.57 (0.01 to 3.20)
Cancer of the larynx0
Upper aerodigestive cancers†42.27 (0.62 to 5.82)2.70 (0.74 to 6.92)
Cancer of the oesophagus10.53 (0.01 to 2.95)0.64 (0.02 to 3.55)
Cancer of the stomach30.64 (0.13 to 1.88)0.76 (0.16 to 2.22)
Cancer of the intestine§90.52 (0.24 to 0.99)0.62 (0.28 to 1.17)
Cancer of the pancreas30.53 (0.11 to 1.56)0.66 (0.14 to 1.91)
Cancer of the kidney0
Cancer of colon and rectum100.58 (0.28 to 1.07)0.69 (0.33 to 1.28)
Lymphoma41.29 (0.35 to 3.30)1.65 (0.45 to 4.23)
Pneumoconiosis210.5 (1.27 to 38.0)11.8 (1.42 to 42.5)
Bronchitis and emphysema101.72 (0.82 to 3.15)2.05 (0.98 to 3.78)
Tuberculosis14.76 (0.12 to 26.5)5.38 (0.14 to 30.0)
Cirrhosis10.47 (0.01 to 2.64)0.56 (0.01 to 3.13)
Alcoholism22.25 (0.27 to 8.12)2.56 (0.31 to 9.26)
Peptic ulcer10.45 (0.01 to 2.49)0.51 (0.01 to 2.81)
Other mental disorders30.50 (0.10 to 1.45)0.52 (0.11 to 1.52)
Transport accidents90.84 (0.38 to 1.59)0.94 (0.43 to 1.79)
Suicide30.51 (0.10 to 1.48)0.58 (0.12 to 1.70)
  • *Women lost to follow-up censored at 31 December 2004; †women lost to follow-up censored at date last known to be alive; †ICD codes (7) 1400–1489, 1600–1609, (8–9) 1400–1499, 1600–1609, (10) C000–C148; §ICD codes (7, 8, 9) 1520–1541, (10) C17–C209.