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Attributable lung cancer risk from radon in homes may be low

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1151
  1. Jerome S Puskin, director (,
  2. David J Pawel, statistician
  1. Center for Science and Risk Assessment, Radiation Protection Division, ORIA (6608J), US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC 20460, USA

    EDITOR—Darby et al provide compelling evidence that indoor radon is an important contributor to the risk of lung cancer.1 However, the derived estimate of radon attributable lung cancers may have a low bias.

    The authors estimate an increase in lung cancer risk of 16% for each incremental 100 Bq/m3of radon from a pooling of the European residential case-control studies. They then estimate that radon may …

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