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Document ID (ISN)59081
CIS number 92-1904
ISSN - Serial title 0885-114X - Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Samet J.M.
Title Diseases of uranium miners and other underground miners exposed to radon
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 1991, Vol.6, No.4, p.629-639. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract In the United States, most underground uranium mines had shut down by the late 1980's but occupational exposure to radon daughters remains a concern for many other categories of underground miners and underground workers. Worldwide, uranium mining continues in Canada, South Africa, other African countries, and Australia. The paper outlines the relationship between exposure to radon daughters and dose to target cells in the respiratory tract. It summarises epidemiological studies of radon and lung cancer in miners and reviews three of the most recent risk models used to estimate the excess lifetime risk of lung cancer associated with radon daughter exposure. The paper concludes by outlining negative health effects other than lung cancer, including cancer at other sites, non-malignant respiratory disease, renal disease and reproductive outcomes.
Descriptors (primary) radon; radon daughters; lung diseases; uranium mining; underground work; underground mining; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) renal diseases; hazard evaluation; neoplasms; risk factors; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Mining and quarrying
Inorganic substances
Radon