Disease/Syndrome

Bladder cancer

Category

Cancer, Occupational

Acute/Chronic

Chronic

Synonyms

Cancer of bladder; Urothelial cancer; Transitional cell carcinoma; Bladder neoplasms, malignant;

Biomedical References

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Comments

A sentinel health event (occupational) associated with rubber and dye workers who were exposed to benzidine, alpha- and beta-naphthylamine, magenta, auramine, 4-aminobiphenyl, and 4-nitrophenyl; [Mullan] Beta-naphthylamine, benzidine, 4-aminobiphenyl were discontinued from industrial production and use. Suspected bladder carcinogens still in use include benzidine-based dyes, o-toluidine, 4-chloro-o-toluidine, and MBOCA. [Ward, p. 127] Other occupational exposures associated with bladder cancer include PAHs (aluminum production, coal gasification, coal-tar pitches, benzo[a]pyrene, and diesel exhaust), and hair dyes (hairdresser or barber). Diesel exhaust had a positive association in many case-control studies, but was negative in cohort studies of transportation workers. "An open question is whether occupational exposures in industries identified in the past as high risk can still be linked to an excess risk of bladder cancer." [Adami, p. 456-8] Occupational exposures with strong evidence of causing bladder cancer include 4-aminobiphenyl, benzidine, and 2-naphthylamine, aluminum production, coal gasification, auramine and magenta production, and the rubber industry. [Siemiatycki, p. 334] The risk for dyestuff workers has diminished since the banning of 2-naphthylamine in 1950 and benzidine in 1962. Studies of Italian dyestuff workers showed a mean time of 25 years from start of exposure to death. Evidence that end-users of benzidine-based dyes have increased risk was published in 1971 in the study of kimono painters who had 7 times the background rate of bladder cancer after regularly ingesting the dyes by licking the brush. Primary aluminum workers were exposed to coal-tar pitch volatiles that included aromatic amines (2-naphthylamine and 4-aminobiphenyl), PAHs, and nitro-PAHs. [Schottenfeld, p. 1107-9] Ingestion of arsenic contaminated drinking water is linked to bladder cancer. Previously classified as 2A, MBOCA was reclassified by IARC as Group 1 in 2012. "There is sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of ortho-toluidine." "Dyes metabolized to benzidine are carcinogenic to humans (Group 1)." [IARC 2012] See the agent, "Aluminum production."

Latency/Incubation

Years

Diagnostic

Biopsy

ICD-9 Code

188

Reference Link

BC Cancer Agency - Bladder Cancer

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