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Cancer prevalence among physicians in Korea: A single center study

Title
Cancer prevalence among physicians in Korea: A single center study
Authors
Kim H.L.Park H.J.Sim Y.H.Choi E.Y.Shim K.W.Lee S.W.Lee H.S.Chun H.
Ewha Authors
이상화이홍수심경원전혜진
SCOPUS Author ID
이상화scopus; 이홍수scopus; 심경원scopus; 전혜진scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
Korean Journal of Family Medicine
ISSN
2005-6443JCR Link
Citation
vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 91 - 96
Keywords
CancerKoreaPhysiciansPrevalence
Publisher
Korean Journal of Family Medicine
Indexed
SCOPUS; KCI scopus
Abstract
Background: There is little research regarding whether working as a physician affects cancer risk. Moreover, there is no research on cancer prevalence among physicians in Korea. This study utilized the Korea National Cancer Incidence Database to determine whether the prevalence of cancer among physicians differs from the prevalence of cancer within the general population. Methods: We analyzed the medical records of a representative sample of 382 doctors who underwent a health examination between 2010 and 2013 at a health examination center in a Ewha Womans University Medical Center. Cancer incidence was measured as cases that were eventually diagnosed as cancer according to a biopsy. Results: We collected medical records from 382 physicians (mean age, 51.9±8.1 years) and calculated the standardized prevalence ratios compared to the general population. Thirty physicians (9 male and 21 female) were identified as having cancer. Physicians had a significantly higher prevalence of cancer compared to the general population. Cancer prevalence in male physicians was found to be 2.47 times higher than the prevalence expected within the general population (P=0.006). Among female physicians, cancer prevalence was 3.94 times higher than that in the general population (P < 0.001). Conclusion: This study revealed that physicians had a higher prevalence of cancer compared to the general population in Korea, which suggests that there may be a problem present in the health care of physicians. Changes to the working environment of physicians will be needed to reduce the high prevalence of cancer among physicians. © 2016 The Korean Academy of Family Medicine.
DOI
10.4082/kjfm.2016.37.2.91
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