The importance of recent results from epidemiology
The importance of recent results from epidemiology The underground miner radon epidemiology reported in the past 15 years has led to modeling of the lung cancer risk from [sup 222]Rn exposure, quantitating the risk in present day mines, extrapolating the risk to environmental [sup 222]Rn exposure, and relating effects of low and high LET radiation. Many countries have occupational guidelines that now better conform to the actual risks experienced in mining and some have governmental guidelines regarding environmental exposure which, when fully implemented, can impose substantial benefit but also substantial cost to society. For this reason it important to follow the health of underground mining populations to better understand the risk that has been deduced, inferred or calculated. The purpose of this report is to describe the most recent results and advances. In this examination a biological basis for a new model for [sup 222]Rn decay product risk is developed.
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