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Document ID (ISN)78224
CIS number 02-403
ISSN - Serial title 0341-3055 - Atemwegs- und Lungenkrankheiten
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wiethege T., Wesch H., Müller K.M.
Title Radon - An irradiating subject: Data and facts by the pathologist
Original title Radon - ein strahlendes Thema: Daten und Fakten des Pathologen [in German]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2000, Vol.26, No.12, p.617-624. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was assess the risk for the development of tumors induced by natural radiation sources such as radon. The preliminary results from a total of 17,466 autopsies performed on uranium miners of the former German Democratic Republic reveal that lung cancer mortality was significantly higher than in the normal population. Among miners who died between 1957 and 1965, a high rate of deaths due to small-cell carcinoma was observed. This rate dropped steadily between 1965 and 1990. Determinations of uranium, silica and arsenic in pulmonary tissue yielded high concentrations in some cases. The final results, including the assessment of the relationship between radon exposure and lung cancer mortality, are not yet available and will be published later.
Descriptors (primary) radon; uranium mining; lung cancer; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) coal dust; arsenic; epidemiologic study; radioactive substances; hazard evaluation; silica
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
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