The 15-Country Collaborative Study of Cancer Risk among Radiation Workers in the Nuclear Industry : Estimates of Radiation-Related Cancer Risks

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In this article, the results of the IARC/WHO study regarding the cancer mortality risk in nuclear workers is presented. In this 15-country collaborative cohort study, cancer mortality information was collected on 407.000 nuclear workers monitored for external exposure. 31 specific types of malignancies were studied. Only for lung cancer there was a statistical increased mortality risk when the cumulative radiation dose increased. However, this result was driven by the Canadian subcohort, and cigarette smoking partly acted as a confounding factor. Further studies will be important to clarify these findings.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-416
JournalRadiation Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


  • Cancer risks, ionizing radiation, radiation epidemiology, IARC/WHO study, nuclear worker studies

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