IBM Workers At High Risk From Cancer ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

IBM Workers At High Risk From Cancer

A study by a Boston University professor has shown that there is a statistically significant increase in cancer death rates for International Business Corp. (IBM) workers. Dr. Richard Clapp, a professor of environmental health, looked at the cause of death for nearly 32,000 IBM workers who died between 1969 and 2001, comparing the IBM employee cancer death rates to the national death rates. The death records of IBM employees (kept in what IBM called its "Corporate Mortality File") who had worked for the company for a minimum of five years were studied. A great number of cancer types were significantly higher in the IBM male employees; including cancers of the kidneys, brain, central nervous system and skin. For women, the cancer rates were higher for breast, lung, brain, female organs and the nervous system. Cancer-causing chemicals used in the technology industry, semiconductor and disk drive factories may partly explain the IBM workers increase in cancer rates. IBM fought to prevent the study from being published for years, calling it, "junk science", but highly respected peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Health finally published the study.

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