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Cancer Lett. 2014 Apr 1;345(1):21-6. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2013.12.010. Epub 2013 Dec 11.

Residential radon and lung cancer in never smokers. A systematic review.

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1
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Service of Neumology, University Hospital Complex of Vigo, Spain.
2
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESP, Spain; Service of Preventive Medicine, University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
3
Service of Neumology, University Hospital Complex of Vigo, Spain.
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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESP, Spain. Electronic address: alberto.ruano@usc.es.

Abstract

Radon exposure is considered the second cause of lung cancer and the first in never smokers. We aim to assess the effect of residential radon exposure on the risk of lung cancer in never smokers through a systematic review applying predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria. 14 Studies were included. Some of them point to a relationship between residential radon and lung cancer while others show no association. Further studies are necessary to test this association and to assess if other risk factors such as environmental tobacco smoke could modify the effect of residential radon exposure on lung cancer.

KEYWORDS:

Lung neoplasms; Never smokers; Radon; Systematic review

PMID:
24333737
DOI:
10.1016/j.canlet.2013.12.010
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