||National Research Council, Washington, DC. Advisory Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiations.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.;Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC.
The report addresses demonstrated and potential health effects of exposure of human populations to internally deposited alpha-emitting radionuclides and their decay products. It emphasizes carcinogenic effects and, where possible, presents quantitative risk estimates for cancer induction. The largest part of the report deals with health effects of exposure to radon and its progeny. The report also addresses health effects of exposure to other groups of radionuclides and their progeny that emit alpha particles--the isotopes of polonium, radium, thorium, uranium, and the transuranic elements. The report consists of eight chapters and eight appendixes. The remainder of the chapter presents a summary of the committee's findings and its recommendations for future research.