Skip to main content

Study of lung cancer risk and residential radon exposure

Objective

Epidemiological studies of underground miners have shown that exposure to radon and radon progeny increases the risk of lung cancer. However, there are uncertainties in using these data to estimate the risk associated with radon exposure in dwellings. In contrast, information from case-control studies of residential radon and lung cancer in the general population are directly relevant as inputs to the formulation of radon remediation and lung cancer prevention programmes. The overall objective of this project is to improve direct estimate of the risk of lung cancer from residential radon exposure. This will be done first by pooling together data from case-control studies that have been carried out in several European countries, and then by pooling the European data with similar data from studies carried out in North America. Furthermore, as well as making full use of exiting dosimetry based on alpha-track radon detectors, new dosimetry techniques based on measurements in glass will be evaluated. Based on these techniques, additional assessments of radon exposure will be made for a sample of individuals already included in the European studies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB)
Address
Chilton
OX11 0RQ Didcot
United Kingdom

Participants (15)

ASSOCIAZIONE RICERCA EPIDEMIOLOGICA - EPI
Italy
Address
Via Di Santa Costanza 53
00198 Roma
CANCER RESEARCH UK
United Kingdom
Address
Lincoln's Inn Field 61
WC2A 3PX London
FINNISH CANCER REGISTRY
Finland
Address
21B,liisankatu 21B
00170 Helsinki
GENT UNIVERSITY
Belgium
Address
86,Proeftuinstraat 86
9000 Gent
GSF-RESEARCH CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
Germany
Address
Ingolstaedter Landstrase 1
85764 Oberschleissheim
INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE
France
Address
Rue Auguste Lemaire
92262 Fontenay Aux Roses
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
Italy
Address
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 Roma
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Nobels Vaeg, 13
171 77 Stockholm
NATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION INSTITUTE
Czechia
Address
Srobarova 48
100 00 Praha 10
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Belfield, Stillorgan Road
4 Dublin
RADIATION AND NUCLEAR SAFETY AUTHORITY
Finland
Address
Laippatie 4
00880 Helsinki
SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, HANNOVER
Germany
Address
Bischfsholer Damm 15
30173 Hannover
SWEDISH RADIATION PROTECTION INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address

171 16 Stockholm
TIROLER LANDESKRANKENANSTALTEN GES.MBH
Austria
Address
Anichstrasse 35
6020 Innsbruck
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Canada
Address
Smyth Road 451
K1H 8M5 Ottawa