Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Environmental Measurements-Polychlorinated Biphenyls-Local Authorities-Health Effects

Health effects and exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals in a contaminated community.

Authors: Helmfrid I, Berglund M, Löfman O, Wingren G Abstract Environmental measurements carried out by local authorities during the 1970s, 80s and 90s in an area contaminated by hundreds of years of industrial activities have revealed high levels of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) in soil, vegetables, root crops, berries and mushrooms. In 1972, a large quantity of oil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was accidentally spilled into the river running through the village. To investigate the possible health effects of exposure from local sources, all cancer diagnoses, registered in 1960-2003 for individuals living in the study area, were collected from the regional cancer register of southeast Sweden. The total cancer incidence was non-significantl... read more..

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