Health Consultation Assessment of Drinking Water Quality And Cancer Incidence Scituate, ma

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d. Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer among males in Scituate occurred slightly more often than expected for the town as a whole. For CT 5051.01 and CT 5051.02, testicular cancer occurred approximately equal to expected rates. In CT 5052, the CT where the Third Cliff neighborhood is located, testicular cancer occurred more often than expected (four cases were observed when approximately two were expected).

1) Age Distribution

The majority of individuals diagnosed with testicular cancer in Scituate were between the ages of 20 and 44; testicular cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers among men of this age group (Schottenfeld 1996).

2) Occupation

Certain occupations, like PVC manufacturing, mining, food and beverage processing, employment in the utilities industry, and employment in the leather industry, are associated with an increased risk of developing testicular cancer (Knight et al. 1996). Some research has also suggested that occupational exposure to extremely low and extremely high temperatures may increase the risk of developing testicular cancer (Zhang et al. 1995). Occupation as reported to the MCR was reviewed for each case of testicular cancer in Scituate. This information was reviewed to determine whether occupational factors might have contributed to the development of this disease. Review of this information did not reveal any occupations that have been suggested as associated with testicular cancer.

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