|Document ID (ISN)||106063|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||M÷hner M., Lindtner M., Otten H., Gille H.G.
||Leukemia and exposure to ionizing radiation among German uranium miners
||Apr. 2006, Vol.49, No.4, p.238-248. Illus. 23 ref.
||It is well known that uranium miners are at an increased risk of lung cancer. Whether they also have an increased risk for other cancer sites remains under discussion. The aim of this study was to examine the leukaemia risk among uranium miners. It involved 377 former uranium miners in East Germany and 980 matched controls. Using conditional logistic regression models, a dose-response relationship between leukaemia risk and exposure to radon progeny could not be confirmed. Yet, a significantly elevated risk is seen in workers with the highest exposure to the combined effect of γ-radiation and long-lived radionuclides. The results suggest that an elevated risk for leukaemia is restricted to employees with a very long occupational career in underground uranium mining or uranium processing. Moreover, the study does not support the hypothesis of an association between exposure to short-lived radon progeny and leukaemia risk.
||leukaemia; uranium mining; radon; Germany
||ionizing radiation; case-control study; exposure evaluation; radon daughters
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Mines and quarries
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Mining and quarrying