[ RadSafe ] Mr. Connell states basis for radon riskreduction "havebeen rejected by legitimate scientists for decades"
Brennan, Mike (DOH)
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Wed May 6 15:38:58 CDT 2009
Proving that something *will* cause a negative outcome is, of course,
impossible to do before the negative outcome has occurred, and sometime
even then it isn't accepted by all parties. I had an uncle who was
convinced that drinking did not effect his driving, and that no one
could prove differently. And, to be fair, he was never involved in a
serious collision that I know of. Still.
As I understand it, at the moment there is no way of demonstrating that
a particular cancer was caused by radiation (please note that this is
not my field, and I may be wrong about some cases. Also, new
developments might at any moment make it easy to do). I do, however,
understand and accept the model that predicts that some cells that are
exposed to radiation will become cancerous. I feel that is pretty well
established. I listen with interest when people talk about hormesis
and/or thresholds, and await models and studies that would elevate one
of those concepts to the dominant paradigm status.
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Steven Dapra
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 5:43 PM
To: radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Mr. Connell states basis for radon
riskreduction "havebeen rejected by legitimate scientists for decades"
True enough. No one has made that claim. Is it possible to
prove that 250 pCi/L in a home *can* cause cancer? Or that it will?
And for what period of time must one be exposed to Rn at this level?
Etc., etc. I am not suggesting that anyone is making the claim that
exposure in a home, at this level, can cause cancer. I am merely asking
an academic question, to wit, can it be proven.
At 03:29 PM 5/5/09 -0400, you wrote:
>Brennan, Mike (DOH) wrote:
>>While it is not a study, here is an article about a situation I was
>>slightly involved in:
>>woman in the article is a never-smoker, living in and from non-smoking
>>households, and working in a smoke free workplace. She was diagnosed
>>with lung cancer. When her home was tested for radon the levels on
>>the main floor, including in her bedroom, were around 250 pCi/l. I am
>>not a radi-phobe, but that's a lot of radon. I acknowledge that we do
>>not know for certain what induced her cancer, but I know what I
>>consider to be the most likely suspect.
> No one has claimed that 250 pCi/L in a home cannot cause cancer
>Bernard L. Cohen
>Physics Dept., University of Pittsburgh
>Pittsburgh, PA 15260
>Tel: (412)624-9245 Fax: (412)624-9163
>e-mail: blc at pitt.edu web site: http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc
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