|Topic:||Health Effects of Exposure to Radon: BEIR VI|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Commission on Life Sciences
Committee on Health Risks of Exposure to Radon (BEIR VI) - Phase II
Thursday, February 19, 1998 -- 9:00 a.m.
The Health Effects of Exposure to Radon (BEIR VI)
Radon, a gas produced from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in rocks and soil, is impossible to eliminate completely. Outside air typically contains very low levels of radon, but the gas builds up to higher concentrations indoors. A number of studies have linked the high incidence of lung cancer in underground miners with radon exposure, leading to concerns that radon in homes could be causing lung cancer. This report, The Health Effects of Exposure to Radon (BEIR VI) is part of a series by the Research Council on the biological effects of ionizing radiation which examines the health risks posed by exposure to indoor radon.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released at noon on February 19, 1998 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.