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This article reports measurements of household levels of gamma and cosmic rays at the addresses of children with cancer at the time of diagnosis and six months before, and of similar data at the addresses of control children. There is no indication of increased risk with increasing dose rates either in matched or unmatched analyses, with or without adjustment for deprivation. Sub-division by diagnostic group did not reveal any association with any specific types of malignancy. Studies of the relationship between household gamma rays and radon concentration show no evidence of any interactions.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Cancer

Publication Date





1727 - 1731


Air Pollution, Indoor, Case-Control Studies, Child, Environmental Exposure, Gamma Rays, Geography, Housing, Humans, Radiation Dosage, Radiation, Ionizing, Radon, Regression Analysis, United Kingdom