Risk of cancer as a result of community exposure to gasoline vapors. Academic Article uri icon


  • The Tranguch Gasoline Spill leaked 50,000-900,000 gallons of gasoline from underground storage tanks, potentially exposing an area of Hazle Township and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to chronic low levels of benzene since at least 1990. A retrospective cohort study of 663 individuals representing 275 households assessed whether affected residents were at increased risk for cancer from 1990-2000 compared with the Pennsylvania populace. Age-adjusted standard incidence ratios (SIRs) were calculated using Pennsylvania rates to determine expected numbers. The age-adjusted SIR for the gasoline-affected area was 4.40 (95% confidence interval: 1.09-10.24) for leukemia. These results suggest an association between living within the area affected by the Tranguch Gasoline Spill and increased risk for leukemia.

published proceedings

  • Arch Environ Health

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Patel, A. S., Talbott, E. O., Zborowski, J. V., Rycheck, J. A., Dell, D., Xu, X., & Schwerha, J.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Patel, Ami S||Talbott, Evelyn O||Zborowski, Jeanne V||Rycheck, Juley A||Dell, Danielle||Xu, Xiaohui||Schwerha, Joseph

publication date

  • January 1, 2004 11:11 AM