Laryngological Screening of Industrial Workers (Galvanizers, Spray Painters, Enamellers)

  • J. Wilke


The incidence of laryngeal cancer in the German Democratic Republic was determined as 5.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. In industrial cities, however, the figures increased to 6.2 to 8.9 per 100,000 people. From these observations a screening project for high risk groups appeared reasonable. In a first attempt 424 industrial workers (366 males and 58 females) were submitted to laryngoscopy. They were employees of industrial workshops occupied with galvanization, spray painting or enameling. Depending on their job they were exposed to:
  • hydrocyanic acid and cyanides,

  • chromate compounds,

  • nitro dilutions,

  • hydrochloric acid,

  • phosphoric acid,

  • sulphuric acid,

  • nickel salts,

  • tin compounds,

  • trichloroethylene and other organic solvents,

  • aldehyde resin varnish,

  • benzene, toluene, xylene.


Laryngeal Cancer German Democratic Republic Industrial City Industrial Worker Screen Project 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Wilke
    • 1
  1. 1.ErfurtGermany

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