The 15-Country Collaborative Study of Cancer Risk among Radiation Workers in the Nuclear Industry : Estimates of Radiation-Related Cancer Risks

E. Cardis, M. Vrijheid, M. Blettner, E. Gilbert, M. Hakama, C. Hill, G. Howe, J. Kaldor, C.R. Muirhead, M. Schubauer-Berignan, T. Yoshimura, F. Bermann, G. Cowper, J. Fix, C. Hacker, B. Heinmiller, M. Marshall, I. Thierry-Chef, D. Utterback, Y-O. AhnE. Amoros, P. Ashmore, A. Auvinen, J-M. Bae, J. Bernar, A. Biau, E. Combalot, P. Deboodt, A. Diez Sacristan, M. Eklöf, Luc Holmstock, Hilde Engels, G. Engholm, G. Gulis, R.R. Habib, K. Holan, H. Hyvonen, A. Kerekes, J. Kurtinaitis, H. Malker, M. Martuzzi, A. Mastauskas, A. Monnet, M. Moser, M.S. Pearce, D.B. Richardson, F. Rodriguez-Artalejo, A. Rogel, H. Tardy, M. Telle-Lamberton, I. Turai, M. Usel, K. Veress, Eric Van Mieghem

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    In this article, the results of the IARC/WHO study regarding the cancer mortality risk in nuclear workers is presented. In this 15-country collaborative cohort study, cancer mortality information was collected on 407.000 nuclear workers monitored for external exposure. 31 specific types of malignancies were studied. Only for lung cancer there was a statistical increased mortality risk when the cumulative radiation dose increased. However, this result was driven by the Canadian subcohort, and cigarette smoking partly acted as a confounding factor. Further studies will be important to clarify these findings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)396-416
    JournalRadiation Research
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Apr 2007

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