International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health

, Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 61–73

The AGRIculture and CANcer (AGRICAN) cohort study: enrollment and causes of death for the 2005–2009 period

  • Noémie Levêque-Morlais
  • Séverine Tual
  • Bénédicte Clin
  • Annie Adjemian
  • Isabelle Baldi
  • Pierre Lebailly
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00420-014-0933-x

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Levêque-Morlais, N., Tual, S., Clin, B. et al. Int Arch Occup Environ Health (2015) 88: 61. doi:10.1007/s00420-014-0933-x
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Abstract

Objective

To elaborate and describe a large prospective agricultural cohort including males and females in France with various agricultural activities and to study causes of death.

Methods

To date, few large prospective cohorts have been conducted among agricultural population. AGRIculture and CANcer cohort is a large prospective cohort of subjects in agriculture studying cancer among active and retired males and females, farm owners and workers, living in eleven areas of France with a population-based cancer registry.

Results

Enrollment was conducted from 2005 to 2007 with a postal questionnaire. In January 2008, 180,060 individuals (54 % males, 54 % farm owners, 50 % retired) were enrolled. Mortality was studied until December 2009 (605,956 person-years with standardized mortality ratio (SMR) by comparison with the general population of the areas. Over this period, 11,450 deaths 6,741 in men and 4,709 in women were observed, including 3,405 cancer-related deaths. SMRs were significantly reduced for global mortality (SMR = 0.68, 95 % CI 0.670.70 in males and SMR = 0.71, 95 % CI 0.690.73 in females) and for death by cancer (SMR = 0.67, 95 % CI 0.65, 0.70 in males and SMR = 0.76, 95 % C: 0.71, 0.80 in females). These results were mainly explained by less frequent smoking-related causes of death (lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases). Nonsignificant excesses of death were observed only for rheumatoid arthritis and arthrosis, suicides (in females), death for event of undetermined intent (in males) and breast cancer in male agricultural workers.

Conclusions

These first results are the first ones obtained in France based on a large prospective agricultural cohort showing that farmers would be in healthier condition than the general population.

Keywords

AgricultureNeoplasmsEnrollmentMortality

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Noémie Levêque-Morlais
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Séverine Tual
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Bénédicte Clin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Annie Adjemian
    • 5
  • Isabelle Baldi
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  • Pierre Lebailly
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Cancers et Préventions, IFR146 ICOREUniv. Caen Basse-NormandieCaenFrance
  2. 2.INSERMUMR1086CaenFrance
  3. 3.Centre de Lutte Contre le Cancer François BaclesseCaen Cedex 5France
  4. 4.Service de Pathologie professionnelleCHU de CaenCaenFrance
  5. 5.Mutualité Sociale Agricole, Caisse CentraleBagnoletFrance
  6. 6.Laboratoire Santé Travail Environnement, ISPEDUniv. BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  7. 7.INSERM, ISPEDCentre INSERM U897-Epidemiologie-BiostatistiqueBordeauxFrance
  8. 8.Service de Médecine du TravailCHU de BordeauxBordeauxFrance