Painters at increased risk of bladder cancer: study

August 5, 2010

Professional painters may face a significantly higher risk of bladder cancer, suggests a new study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.

Researchers analyzed more than 2,900 cases of bladder cancer in painters from 41 previous studies, according to a study abstract. They concluded professional painters were 30 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer than the regular population, according to a BMJ Journals press release. The study noted painters are exposed to some of the same chemicals found in cigarette smoke.

People who had worked as painters for more than 10 years were more likely to develop bladder cancer, according to the press release.

The analysis appeared online July 20 in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, published by BMJ Journals.