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International Collaborative Study of Cancer Risk among Radiation Workers in the Nuclear Industry (Low Dose Risk), Final report (summary)

Project ID: FIGH-CT-1999-20001
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C

Abstract

Current protection standards for environmental and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation are mainly based on estimates of radiation-induced cancer risk derived from studies of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The use of data from populations who have received comparatively high radiation doses over short periods to predict carcinogenic effects in populations receiving generally lower doses over longer time involves uncertain extrapolations.
In order to obtain precise direct estimates of radiation-related cancer risk following protracted low doses of ionising radiation risk of cancer and thus to strengthen the scientific basis for setting radiation protection standards, the International Collaborative Study of Cancer Risk among Radiation Workers in the Nuclear Industry was set up, using a common core protocol. This study covers over 600 000 individually monitored workers from 17 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Lithuania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA).
The specific purpose of the study is to provide data for comparison with the risk estimates derived from studies of persons having received high-dose/high-dose-rate exposures. This provides a direct test of the adequacy of the extrapolation models used currently for radiation risk assessment and for the setting of radiation protection standards, and may assist in the construction of improved risk assessment models.

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Record Number: 8924 / Last updated on: 2008-01-24
Category: PRJS
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