Radon exposure and lung cancer: Risk in nonsmokers among cohort studies

Sung Soo Oh, Sangbaek Koh, Heetae Kang, Jonggu Lee

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Eleven cohorts of miners occupationally exposed to relatively high concentrations of radon showed a statistically significantly high risk of lung cancer, while three cohorts from the general population showed a relatively low concentration, but the results were not statistically significant. However, the risk of lung cancer tended to increase with increased radon exposure. The risk is likely to have been underestimated due to low statistical power. Therefore, additional well-designed studies on the risk of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the general population with relatively low concentrations of radon exposure are needed in the future. In addition, country-specific preventive policies are needed in order to actively reduce radon exposure and lung cancer incidence in nonsmokers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalAnnals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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