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Document ID (ISN)77008
CIS number 01-1122
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hemminki K., Veidebaum T.
Title Environmental pollution and human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the east Baltic region
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.25, Suppl.3, p.33-39. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract Environmental contamination and human exposure due to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were surveyed in the east Baltic region. Polluted and heavily industrialized areas are upper Silesia in Poland, northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic, and the northeast part of Estonia. In Estonia the pollution is in a defined geographic area, where lung cancer incidence is higher than elsewhere. DNA adduct levels in white blood cells are increased in groups of residents with apparently only environmental exposure. By extrapolation, some 150 annual cancer cases could be predicted due to PAH in Silesia. Air levels of benzo[a]pyrene were increased in northern Bohemia. Further studies are needed to assess health risks of PAH exposures in central and eastern Europe.
Descriptors (primary) Eastern Europe; aromatic hydrocarbons; health hazards; polycyclic hydrocarbons; environmental pollution; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) Poland; Europe; Czech Republic; Estonia; frequency rates; benzo(a)pyrene; exposure evaluation; extrapolation animal man; DNA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceEstonia; Sweden
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Polycyclic hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Environmental pollution