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Studies on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, and their use in estimating radiation risks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Colin Muirhead


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Epidemiological studies of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been conducted over many years. These studies have examined, inter alia, mortality and cancer incidence among the survivors. This paper summarises the form of the studies undertaken, outlines the main findings and describes how these results can be used in deriving estimates of radiation risks. In doing so, some areas of uncertainty and open issues are highlighted, such as the magnitude of lifetime cancer risks and the evidence for raised risks of non-cancer diseases at low doses. Continued follow-up of the survivors will be important in shedding further light on these issues.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Muirhead CR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Radiation Protection Dosimetry

Year: 2003

Volume: 104

Issue: 4

Pages: 331-335

ISSN (print): 0144-8420

ISSN (electronic): 1742-3406

Publisher: Oxford University Press