Radon as a carcinogenic built-environmental pollutant

Gavin K Gillmore, Robin G M Crockett, Paul S Phillips, Gavin K Gillmore (Editor), Frédéric Perrier (Editor), Robin G M Crockett (Editor)

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Abstract

Radon (222Rn) has been highlighted by a number of authors as a significant public health concern. For example, it is the second most significant cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking (ca. 1,000-2,000 and 21,000 deaths per year in the UK and USA respectively; US EPA, 2003; Darby et al., 2005; Dixon, 2006; HPA, 2009), yet a very high proportion of the general public appears to be unaware of the risk. This chapter deals with topical radon issues such as radon in the workplace; radon in homes; exposure to radon during leisure activities; radon and water; measurement and monitoring; seasonal correction; remediation; cancer risks; cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness; mapping; future policies; and further research. This assessment of the state of radon research is focused on the UK as an example of a country where radon has been on the governmental agenda since the late 1970s, but also highlights radon issues throughout the world in, for example, the USA, Europe and Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRadon, Health and Natural Hazards
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGeological Society
Number of pages256
VolumeSP451
ISBN (Print)9781786203083
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018

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Keywords

  • Radon
  • built environment
  • cancer
  • carcinogen
  • dose
  • exposure

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Gillmore, G. K., Crockett, R. G. M., Phillips, P. S., Gillmore, G. K. (Ed.), Perrier, F. (Ed.), & Crockett, R. G. M. (Ed.) (2018). Radon as a carcinogenic built-environmental pollutant. In Radon, Health and Natural Hazards (Vol. SP451). (Special Publications). London: Geological Society.
Gillmore, Gavin K ; Crockett, Robin G M ; Phillips, Paul S ; Gillmore, Gavin K (Editor) ; Perrier, Frédéric (Editor) ; Crockett, Robin G M (Editor). / Radon as a carcinogenic built-environmental pollutant. Radon, Health and Natural Hazards. Vol. SP451 London : Geological Society, 2018. (Special Publications).
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Radon as a carcinogenic built-environmental pollutant. / Gillmore, Gavin K; Crockett, Robin G M; Phillips, Paul S; Gillmore, Gavin K (Editor); Perrier, Frédéric (Editor); Crockett, Robin G M (Editor).

Radon, Health and Natural Hazards. Vol. SP451 London : Geological Society, 2018. (Special Publications).

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Gillmore GK, Crockett RGM, Phillips PS, Gillmore GK, (ed.), Perrier F, (ed.), Crockett RGM, (ed.). Radon as a carcinogenic built-environmental pollutant. In Radon, Health and Natural Hazards. Vol. SP451. London: Geological Society. 2018. (Special Publications).