Additional Information on Radon
UNSCEAR 2006 REPORT ON EFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATION
The United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) was established in 1955, reporting to the UN General Assembly on levels and effects of radiation. The UNSCEAR 2006 Report: "Effects of ionizing radiation", Volume II comprises an annex on sources-to-effects assessment for radon in homes and workplaces. Previous estimates of risk for radon were calculated from health studies of underground miners, who were exposed to high levels of radon and its decay products. In this report recent studies of the public, in Europe, North America and China, has been evaluated. There is direct evidence to confirm a risk of lung cancer from radon exposures in home.
BEIR VI REPORT ON HEALTH EFFECTS
In 1999 the Board of Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) U.S.A. published the BEIR VI Report: The Health Effects of Exposure to Indoor Radon. This report by the NAS is the most comprehensive accumulation of scientific data on indoor radon. The report confirms that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and that it is a serious public health problem.
FURTHER INFORMATION RESOURCES
- UK Health Protection Agency - Radon FAQs
- US Environmental Protection Agency - Radon FAQs
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in co-operation with American Medical Association - Physician's Guide to Radon
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