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Contrasts of cancer rates among black gold miners from Transkei and Lesotho


McGlashan, ND, Contrasts of cancer rates among black gold miners from Transkei and Lesotho, South African Journal of Science, 100, (9/10) pp. 491-497. ISSN 0038-2353 (2004) [Refereed Article]


Against a brief history of the movement of the peoples concerned, the cancer experience of gold miners recruited from Transkei and Lesotho is analysed at district scale. These two territories together provide 48.3% of the industry's labour force and, in the period 1989-96, 42.4% of cancer cases. Yet this study newly shows that a very significant contrast in incidence has existed both between the territories and between their internal districts for over 30 years. Variations of case numbers for all sites of cancer and for six principal sites severally provide firm direction for research recommended at strictly local level. Some pointers to underlying causative factors in Transkei are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:McGlashan, ND (Dr Neil McGlashan)
ID Code:32117
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-04-26

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