Reasons are discussed for basing cancer risk estimates of low-dose radiation effects on extrapolations from populations exposed to high doses, rather than directly on studies of low-dose effects. Some of the major studies used for this purpose are described, together with difficulties encountered in extrapolating from them. Some recent statistical work to aid the evaluation of radiation risk from these studies is reviewed.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Health Phys

Publication Date

09/1986

Volume

51

Pages

269 - 281

Keywords

Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation, Female, Humans, Leukemia, Radiation-Induced, Male, Multiple Myeloma, Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced, Nuclear Warfare, Radiation Monitoring, Risk, Smoking, Spondylitis, Ankylosing