Quantitative health risk assessment of indoor radon: a systematic review

Publié le 1 Septembre 2017
Mis à jour le 5 juillet 2019

Exposure to radon is a well-established cause of lung cancer in the general population. The aim of the present work is to identify and summarize the results of studies that have assessed the risk of lung cancer due to indoor radon, based on a systematic review of relevant published studies. Sixteen studies from 12 different countries met eligibility criteria. Large differences in radon concentrations were noted between and within individual countries, and variety of risk models used to estimate the attributable fraction. Calculating again the attributable fraction in each of these studies using the same model (coefficient of 16% per 100 becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3) derived from the European residential radon study), the new attributable fraction of these selected studies ranged from 3% to 17%. Radon remains a public health concern. Information about radon health risks is important and efforts are needed to decrease the associated health problems.

Auteur : Ajrouche R, Ielsch G, Clero E, Roudier C, Gay D, Guillevic J, Laurier D, Le Tertre A
Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 2017, vol. 77, n°. 1-2, p. 69-77