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Health effects of radiation

Principal   researcher:

Prof. Anssi Auvinen

Brief description:

The most important sources   of ionising radiation are indoor radon, natural background radiation, as well   as medical uses in radiology and radiotherapy. High doses of ionising   radiation have been established as causes of cancer. This project involves   assessment of cancer risk related to environmental, occupational and medical   radiation exposure. Recently, effect of occupational radiation exposure on   occurrence of opacities of the eye lens has been evaluated. The PhD   dissertation of Katja Kojo (http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/68009) dealt   with health risks of ionizing radiation.

Non-ionising radiation such   as ultraviolet radiation and electromagnetic fields is less energetic than   ionising radiation. UV radiation causes skin cancer and eye diseases. The   health effects of electromagnetic fields are not well established. Within   this project, effects of ultraviolet radiation on skin cancer and   electromagnetic fields on various cancers are assessed. A cohort study of   mobile phone users has been launched in Finland as part of a European   collaborative study. It is aimed at evaluating possible health effects of   radiofrequency fields related to mobile phone use. Health hazards of   electromagnetic fields were evaluated in PhD dissertations by Anna Lahkola (http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/66615)   and Suvi Larjavaara (http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/66739).

Collaborators: Dr Joachim   Schüz (IARC), prof. Paul Elliott (Imperial College), prof. Anders Ahlbom and   prof. Maria Feychting (Karolinska Institute), Dr Päivi Kurttio (STUK), prof. Eero   Pukkala (FCR), prof. Tero Kivelä (HUS)

 

 

Main   sources of funding:

Academy of Finland, Cancer   Society of Finland, Occupational Safety Fund, National Technology Agency

 
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