Keywords: age dependence, cancer risk, dose-risk relationship, electromagnetic radiation, environmental radiation, genetic susceptibility, latency, nuclear weapons, organ specificity, radiation workers, radon, threshold, ultraviolet radiation, radioactive pollution, human health, risk assessment, exposure levels, health risks
Lessons to be learnt from epidemiological studies in radiation-exposed people
The research into the cancer risk posed by radioactive pollution played a pilot role in changing our awareness of long-term health damage from invisible pollution of the environment. Most paradigms, concepts and methods of environmental research used today have been developed in the course of those large scale epidemiological studies such as questions relating to latency, type of cancer, genetic susceptibility and relationship between exposure level and risk. In addition, these studies provide an unparalleled amount of data on sources and size of uncertainty.