A comparison has been made between radon in drinking water and the incidence of cancer using a set of home occupants in Virginia and Maryland.
In a subset of people who drink radon-free but chlorinated drinking water from a reservoir, about 3% develop some type of cancer.
In a subset of people who drink low-radon water from private water wells, about 3% develop cancer.
In a subset who drink high-radon well water, about 6% develop cancer.
A comparison with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates of cancer related to airborne radon indicates that for the general population, the incidence of radon-related cancer from drinking water is similar to the incidence of cancer from inhaled radon.
For the 10% of the population that consumes well water and, in particular, for the 5% of the population that consumes high-radon well water, the drinking water carries a considerably higher cancer risk than inhaling airbome radon.
Mots-clés Pascal : Eau potable, Puits eau, Contamination, Radon, Radiocontamination, Toxicité, Carcinogène, Homme, Tumeur maligne, Virginie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Maryland, Epidémiologie, Santé et environnement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drinking water, Water well, Contamination, Radon, Radioactive contamination, Toxicity, Carcinogen, Human, Malignant tumor, Virginia, United States, North America, America, Maryland, Epidemiology, Health and environment
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0509635
Code Inist : 002B04B. Création : 13/02/1998.