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26/6/2015

CREAL: International study shows that low doses of radiation cause a small increase in leukaemia risk among nuclear workers

CREAL: International study shows that low doses of radiation cause a small increase in leukaemia risk among nuclear workers


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A multinational study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in collaboration with CREAL, an allied ISGlobal center, and several other organisations in the US, UK and France, shows that protracted exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation can cause leukaemia. The study, published today in The Lancet Haematology, shows that the risk of death from leukaemia increases linearly with the radiation dose.

 “This study provides the most precise evaluation to date of the risk of leukaemia following protracted low doses of radiation,” says Professor Elisabeth Cardis, Head of CREAL’s Radiation Programme, one of the study co-authors. “It shows that even the low doses of radiation received by nuclear industry workers can cause a small increase in leukaemia mortality and that the risk increases with increasing doses.”

More information:
CREAL website

Reference:
Leuraud, Klervi et al. Ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS): an international cohort study. The Lancet Haematology. June 22th. 2015.