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Report suggests small link between depleted uranium and cancer

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1508
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Depleted uranium in weapons results in a very small increased risk of lung cancer in people with high exposure, but soldiers exposed in the Gulf and the Balkan conflicts should undergo monitoring. This is the finding of a report published this week by an independent working group from the Royal Society.

    The report is the first of two being prepared by the Royal Society in an attempt to review the scientific evidence available on this highly contentious issue. The aim of the first report was to assess the amount of depleted uranium to which soldiers could be exposed on the battlefield and to calculate the risks of radiation from what has been seen previously in epidemiological studies.

    A second report, to be published later this year, will address the risks from toxic poisoning …

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