Alpha Irradiation of the Skin and the Possibility of Late Effects

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Considering new data on the epidermal thickness, an estimate was made of the dose equivalent delivered to the basal layer of the epidermis from external alpha radiation by 222Rn daughters. following exposure of many years in uranium mines, the possible cumulative dose exceeds 1000 rem. The results of a 8-yr observation showed a higher observed frequency of basal cell carcinomas of the skin in uranium miners.

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