Low down. (Letters).
CHARLES KLABUNDE, OAK RIDGE, TENN.
Over the course of a lifetime, many people receive alpha particle hits to a proportion of their cells similar to that in the study. Although many of these particles would miss nuclei, evidence suggests that they cause damage greater than that predicted by the linear model. --B. HARDER
This article was biased toward the linear, no-threshold theory on radiation health effects. Especially troubling was the comment that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Studies of homes in China, Japan, and the United States having radon levels up to five times the average indicate that the people in those homes have lower cancer death rates, if they are non-smokers.
MARTIN HEALEY, COBB, WIS.
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|Date:||Feb 16, 2002|
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