Exploring the relationship between social deprivation and domestic radon levels in the East Midlands, UK

Antony R. Denman, Robin G.M. Crockett, Christopher J. Groves-Kirkby, Paul S. Phillips, Gavin K. Gillmore

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    Abstract

    The natural radioactive gas radon is widely present in the built environment and at high concentrations is associated with enhanced risk of lung-cancer. This risk is significantly enhanced for habitual smokers. Although populations with higher degrees of social deprivation are frequently exposed to higher levels of many health-impacting pollutants, a recent study suggests that social deprivation in the UK is associated with lower radon concentrations.

    The analysis reported here, based on published data on social deprivation and domestic radon in urban and rural settings in the English East Midlands, identifies a weak association between increasing deprivation and lower radon areas. This is attributed to the evolution of the major urban centres on low-permeability, clay-rich alluvial soils of low radon potential. In addition, the predominance of high-rise dwellings in towns and cities will further reduce average exposure to radon in populations in those areas.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)84-98
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
    Volume199-200
    Early online date30 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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