Soil uranium, basement radon and lung cancer in Illinois, USA.

TitleSoil uranium, basement radon and lung cancer in Illinois, USA.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsJones RL
JournalEnvironmental geochemistry and health
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination21-4
Date Published1995 Mar
Abstract

Using counties as the sampling unit, a significant association between the chemical form of uranium occurring in soils with basement radon levels was found (Spearman r, 0.266; p > |r|, 0.007). Uranium atoms dispersed throughout the soil matrix are efficient emanators of Rn to soil gas, whereas Rn that is trapped diffuses very slowly from the several U-bearing minerals in Illinois soils and does not contribute significantly to explaining basement Rn. Basement Rn level is correlated with annual incidence of male and female lung cancers. Dispersed U is correlated with annual incidence of lung cancer in females with a Spearman correlation coefficient of 0.162 (p > |r|, 0.104) and males of 0.177 (p > |r|, 0.075).

DOI10.1155/2013/952350
Alternate JournalEnviron Geochem Health