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Respiratory disease mortality among uranium miners.
Archer-VE; Gillam-JD; Wagoner-JK
NIOSH 1975 Apr; :1-19
Mortality analysis on a group of White and one of American Indian uranium miners shows a significant excess of respiratory cancer among Indians. Non-malignant respiratory disease deaths among the Whites are considered due to diffuse parenchymal radiation damage leading to cancer. Exposure-response curves for nonsmokers are linear for both respiratory cancer and other respiratory disease. Cigarette smoking elevates and distorts that curve. Light cigarette smokers appear to be most vulnerable to lung parenchymal damage.
Lung-cancer; Respiratory-system-disorders; Radiation-hazards; Smoking
NIOSH, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 pages, 9 references
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