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Environmental factors in cancer: radon.
President's Cancer Panel, Charleston, South Carolina. Fletcher, NC: The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, 2008 Dec; :1-10
Over 50% of the average individual's radiation dose comes from exposure to radon decay products. Two of the radon decay products, Polonium-218 and Polonium-214, account for the majority of the radiation exposure to the lungs. Because we are building homes without radon resistant features faster than we are mitigating homes to reduce radon concentrations, more people are exposed to radon than ever before. Furthermore, the increased use of medical procedures and tests that utilize radiation has increased substantially. The consequence of this mounting radiation exposure for an individual is genomic instability and an increased potential for cancer. In the following paper, the generic term radon will be used to refer to radon and its decay products.
Radiation; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Lung; Lung-function; Cancer; Humans; Men; Women; Pulmonary-cancer; Pulmonary-disorders; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Toxins
R. William Field, Ph.D., M.S., Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
President's Cancer Panel, Charleston, South Carolina
University of Iowa
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