(HealthDay News) – Proximity to benzene release sites in metropolitan areas of Georgia are associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a study published online July 29 in Cancer.

Catherine Bulka, MPH, from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed several databases to identify patterns of cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma based on proximity to benzene release sites in Georgia from 1988–1998.

The researchers found that the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma fell by about 0.3% with each average increase of one mile from a benzene release site, with similar results for all subtypes. Benzene release sites associated with increased cancer incidence were either in the metropolitan Atlanta area or near Savannah.

“Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma incidence was significantly higher in census tracts that were closer, on average, to benzene release sites,” Bulka and colleagues conclude.

Continue Reading

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)