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Document ID (ISN)100511
CIS number 02-1889
ISSN - Serial title 1219-1221 - Central European Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Becker K.
Title How much protection against radon do we need?
Bibliographic information 2001, Vol.7, No.3-4, p.168-177. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract It has been long established that exposure to radon contributed to lung cancer risk among miners in the past. However, based on recent epidemiological data that the author considers controversial, regulators currently favour linear extrapolation from the very high exposures encountered in mining to low residential radon exposures. Direct and indirect evidence are reviewed and it is argued that this approach may be misleading due to various perturbing factors, in particular the retrospective determination of smoking habits.
Descriptors (primary) radon; permissible radiation doses; lung cancer; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; smoking; mining industry; confounding factors; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Radon
Occupational exposure limits
Epidemiology