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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:74
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, BMJ syndication editor (

    Mortality in Atomic Energy Authority employees is not increased

    Fifty years of data, including a cohort of 51 367 employees of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, show no evidence of a higher mortality than in the general population. Indeed, rates were generally lower, probably reflecting the healthy nature of recruits. In particular, there was no excess of cancer deaths. Previously reported increased risks of prostate cancer were not found, suggesting they had been due to a statistical artefact or a risk factor that was no longer operating. Those exposed to radiation had lower mortality than employees not so exposed, perhaps because of decreased opportunity to smoke. There was no excess of leukaemia deaths in radiation workers, nor any trend of increasing mortality with higher exposure. Endometrial cancer mortality was higher …

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