Cancer mortality in IBM Endicott plant workers, 1969-2001: an update on a NY production plant.

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In response to concerns expressed by workers at a public meeting, we analyzed the mortality experience of workers who were employed at the IBM plant in Endicott, New York and died between 1969-2001. An epidemiologic feasibility assessment indicated potential worker exposure to several known and suspected carcinogens at this plant.


We used the mortality and work history files produced under a court order and used in a previous mortality analysis. Using publicly available data for the state of New York as a standard of comparison, we conducted proportional cancer mortality (PCMR) analysis.


The results showed significantly increased mortality due to melanoma (PCMR = 367; 95% CI: 119, 856) and lymphoma (PCMR = 220; 95% CI: 101, 419) in males and modestly increased mortality due to kidney cancer (PCMR = 165; 95% CI: 45, 421) and brain cancer (PCMR = 190; 95% CI: 52, 485) in males and breast cancer (PCMR = 126; 95% CI: 34, 321) in females.


These results are similar to results from a previous IBM mortality study and support the need for a full cohort mortality analysis such as the one being planned by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Cited Authors

  • Clapp, RW; Hoffman, K

Published Date

  • April 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 /

Start / End Page

  • 13 -

PubMed ID

  • 18442394

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2383884

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-069X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1476-069X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1476-069x-7-13


  • eng