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Epidemiology of Lung Cancer in Women: Risk Factors, Survival, and Screening

OBJECTIVE. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer mortality in both men and
women. Tobacco use causes the vast majority of lung cancer in women but does not explain
all cases, because about one in five women who develop lung cancer have never smoked.

CONCLUSION. Environmental exposures, genetic predisposition, hormonal factors,
and viral infection may all play a role in lung cancer in women. A better understanding may
provide an avenue to more effective screening, diagnosis, and therapy.

Authors: Seth Kligerman and Charles White
AJR:196, February 2011
See www.arrs.org for more information.


Radon and Lung Cancer in the American Cancer Society Cohort

BACKGROUND: Case-control studies conducted in North America, Europe, and Asia provided evidence of increased lung cancer risk due to radon in homes. Here, the association between residential radon and lung cancer mortality was examined in a large-scale cohort study.

METHODS: Nearly 1.2 million Cancer Prevention Study-II participants were recruited in 1982. Mean county-level residential radon concentrations were linked to study participants according to ZIP code information at enrollment (mean (SD) = 53.5 Bq/m3 (38.0)). Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to obtain adjusted hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for lung cancer mortality associated with radon. Potential effect modification by cigarette smoking, ambient sulfate concentrations, and other risk factors was assessed on both the additive and multiplicative scales.


2010 Radon Paper Abstracts

Attached are abstracts of radon papers published in 2010. Papers that referenced transforms and tomography were excluded. The file "Summary radon 2010.pdf" is a quick summary but contains all "radon" papers, including those related to transforms and tomography.

A summary of scientific journal articles regarding Rn-222 shows that the most articles are published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry (53), Radiation Measurements (44) and J. of Environmental Radioactivity (36).


Abstract: Temperature Calibration Formula for Activated Charcoal Radon Collectors

Radon adsorption by activated charcoal collectors is known to be largely affected by temperature and relative humidity. Quantitative models are, however, still needed for accurate radon estimation in a variable environment. The following abstract is from a paper in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity - introducting a temperature calibration formula based on the gas adsorption theory to evaluate the radon concentration in air from the average temperature, collection time and liquid scintillation count rate. View the full paper.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Volume 102, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 60-63.


Radon Census Demographic Tool

An Excel document with hyperlinks that displays up-to-date Census demographic information for each U.S. state and county - alongside an EPA's radon zone map. This tool provides for easy county by county comparisons of radon zones and demographic data.


Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Radon Brochure

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides information on radon and how to protect your family's health. Much of the soil in the Upper Midwest contains widespread uranium and radium. These minerals continuously break down to release radon gas. Therefore, Minnesota's geology provides an ongoing supply of radon.

In addition, a large percentage of Minnesota homes have elevated levels of radon in the indoor air because of how they are built and how they operate in our climate. One important factor is that many Minnesota homes have basements that are uses as living spaces.MDH estimates that about one in three (1/3) Minnesota homes have enough radon to pose a significant risk to the occupants' health over many years of exposure.


National Cancer Institute - Radon and Cancer Fact Sheet


World Health Organization Information on Radon

The "WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective," published in September 2009 is available on RadonLeaders.org as a PDF download.

Additional information on the radon work of the World Health Organization is available at: www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/env/radon/en/.


Heartland Radon Research and Education Program (HRREP) - Iowa Radon Study and Other Research Initiatives

The Residential Radon Gas Exposure and Lung Cancer - Iowa Study is available in the Resource Bank as a PDF for download.

Additional information on the work of HRREP is available at: www.cheec.uiowa.edu/misc/radon.html