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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and solar ultraviolet radiation

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:298

Data are inconsistent

  1. Robert Newton,
  2. Eve Roman,
  3. Nicola Fear,
  4. Lucy Carpenter
  1. Medical Research Council training fellow Staff scientist Doctoral student Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE
  2. Statistical epidemiologist Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Radcliffe Infirmary

    EDITOR,—Graham Bentham confirms known geographical patterns when he reports a positive association between the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and ambient solar ultraviolet radiation in England and Wales.1 2 His results conflict with those from the United States, where a negative association was reported,3 further fuelling the debate over whether exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. If there is a positive association then those people working in outdoor occupations might be expected to be at increased risk of this malignancy. …

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