Occupational and Environmental Medicine – The causes of kidney cancer are not well understood although occupational exposures are thought to play a role. Crystalline silica is a known human carcinogen, and despite previous links with kidney disease, few studies have investigated its association with kidney cancer. Researchers addressed this knowledge gap using a population-based case-control study of Canadian men. Their study did not find that occupational exposure to crystalline silica increases risk of kidney cancer in men.
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