Higher Mortality Risk of Lungs Carcinoma in Vineyard Sprayers

  • Žarko Šantić Institute of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Mostar
  • Zlatko Puvačić Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo
  • Svjetlana Radović Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo
  • Sandra Puvačić Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo
Keywords: lungs carcinoma, vineyard sprayers

Abstract

This study investigated mortality rate of lungs carcinoma in professional vineyard sprayers. Clinical investigation was performed in 187 professional vineyard sprayers who had been exposed to the inhalation of the particles of Bordeaux mixture for 24 years on average. Bordeaux Mixture is used for prevention against mildew attacking vineyards. The control group was composed of 187 inhabitants of the same area who did not have any contact with the mentioned substance. A cytological investigation of the sputum specimens obtained from 104 tested inhabitants was performed. The sputum specimens were stained with standard haematoxy-lin-eosin method and also with special metod (rubeanic acid) to prove the incidence of copper granules in macrophages. The findings show a considerable statistical difference in the frequency of occurrence of lungs carcinoma between the group of vineyard sprayers smokers and the control group (X2=4.77, p<0.01). The risk of lungs carcinoma in the vineyard sprayers was three times higher compared to the risk of smokers in the control group, with a statistical probability of 95% in the scope from 1.16<RR<7.78. Mortality risk of lungs carcinoma in the professional vineyard sprayers is significantly higher (p<0.01) compared to the risk in the control group.

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Published
2005-05-20
How to Cite
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Šantić Žarko, Puvačić Z, Radović S, Puvačić S. Higher Mortality Risk of Lungs Carcinoma in Vineyard Sprayers. Bosn J of Basic Med Sci [Internet]. 2005May20 [cited 2019Nov.15];5(2):65-9. Available from: http://www.bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3287
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Short Communication