Residential Radon Decay Product Exposure and Lung Cancer: The Use of a Novel Radon Progeny Device to Improve Dose Estimates

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RW Field, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa
DJ Steck, Department of Physics, St. John's University

Radon decay product (progeny) produces lung cancer in underground miners, yet epidemiologic studies examining residential radon gas exposure and lung cancer has yielded inconclusive results, raising the issue of whether residential radon progeny exposure poses a significant health risk. Radon decay products and not the radon gas itself deliver the radiological significant doses to the lungs, thus exposure risks need to measure actual radon progeny concentrations. This study proposes to update lung cancer risk estimates previously used in the Iowa Radon Lung Cancer Study using radon progeny dose measurement.


Field RW, Steck DJ, Smith BJ, Brus CP, Fisher EL, Neuberger JS, Platz CE, Robinson RA, Woolson RF, Lynch CF; Residential Radon Gas Expusre and Lung Cancer: the Iowa Radon Lung Cancer Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2000; 151(11):1091-1102

Field RW, Smith BJ, Steck DJ, Lynch CF; Residential radon exposure and lung cancer: variation in risk estimates using alternative exposure scenarios. J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol. 2002; 12(3):197-203