ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)67570
CIS number 96-1866
ISSN - Serial title 0017-9078 - Health Physics
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Finkelstein M.M.
Title Silicosis, radon, and lung cancer risk in Ontario miners
Bibliographic information Sept. 1995, Vol.69, No.3, p.396-399. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract Uranium miners are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer. This is generally attributable to exposure to radon. However, miners are also exposed to silica, classified by IARC as a possible human carcinogen. In a study of lung cancer risk in 328 miners with silicosis, which included a small number of uranium miners (23 subjects), it was found that the radon risk factor decreased when lung cancer risk was adjusted for the presence of silicosis. Smoking is also an important risk factor, but it was not feasible to include smoking in the statistical models. The results for the radon risk factors are, however, uncertain because of the small number of uranium miners included in the sample. Additional studies of this factor are considered warranted.
Descriptors (primary) radon; lung cancer; mining industry; uranium mining; silicosis
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; case-control study; silica; Ontario
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Mining and quarrying
Inorganic substances