Keywords: radon gas levels, cancer mortality rate, hormesis, linear no-threshold hypothesis, energy transfer model, lung cancer, radiation safety, low radiation, radon exposure
Correlation between radon levels and lung cancer mortality rates: experimental and theoretical problems
Radon is a radioactive gas and is present in most earth materials such as soil, stone, air, water and others. Comprehensive and scientifically rigorous studies found a low lung cancer mortality rate in high radon areas. It is opposite to the linear no-threshold hypothesis (LNTH), which is a popular theory in the field of radiation safety. The fact is explained by the theory of energy transfer model that accounts for the competitive processes arising in material during irradiation.