Association between oil spill clean-up work and thyroid cancer: Nine years of follow-up after the Hebei Spirit oil spill accident

Yun Hee Choi, Lita Kim, Da An Huh, Kyong Whan Moon, Min Sung Kang, Yong Jin Lee

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Abstract

In 2007, an unprecedented oil spill occurred in Taean, Korea. Although crude oil contains chemicals that could increase thyroid cancer risk, few studies have examined the long-term effects of oil exposure during clean-up and thyroid cancer incidence. We investigated the long-term thyroid cancer incidence among participants involved in clean-up work. 1798 participants engaged in at least two surveys since the baseline was tracked from 2008 to 2018. Participants reported the days they participated in oil clean-up works and cancer diagnoses. Cox proportional hazard models were used to estimate the hazard ratios between clean-up work duration and thyroid cancer. Over the 9-year follow-up, 30 thyroid cancer cases were diagnosed. A positive association was observed between clean-up duration and thyroid cancer risk. This effect was more pronounced among residents living <50 m from traffic roads. Our results indicate that crude oil clean-up work participation may increase the thyroid cancer risk.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116041
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume199
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Feb

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Keywords

  • Clean-up work
  • Cohort study
  • Hebei Spirit
  • Oil spill
  • Thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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