Epidemiological Evidence of the Effects of Environmental Pollution on Male Reproductive Health in an Electronic Waste-Recycling Town
Han Du1, Mengxi Yu2, Jun Sun1, Gaihuan Song3, Yan Li1
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1Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Medical School of Ningbo University,
Ningbo 315211, Zhejiang, China
2Department of Diagnostic Imaging Center, Affiliated Jilin Hospital of Jilin University, Jilin 132000, China
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Ningbo University,
Ningbo, Zhejiang 315000, China
Publish date: 2016-07-22
Submission date: 2015-03-09
Final revision date: 2016-03-18
Acceptance date: 2016-03-18
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2016;25(4):1777–1780
In recent years have seen increasing evidence linking occupational and environmental exposure to toxic pollutants with human male reproductive disorders. The aim of this study was to collect epidemiological information on male reproductive health to explore the effects of electronic waste (e-waste) environmental pollution on male genital health in Wenling, one of the world’s biggest e-waste recycling centers. We collected clinic information from 2001 to 2012 in Wenling covering male reproductive diseases, including prostatitis, epididymitis, orchitis, urinary tract infections, cystospermitis, impotence, condyloma accuminatum, syphilis, gonorrhea, varicocele, genital herpes, prostatic carcinoma, etc. The morbidity of male reproductive diseases in Wenling was higher than in the control area – especially those diseases that could be influenced by environmental factors. Male reproductive health may be threatened by e-waste pollution in Wenling, and this could influence local population diathesis.