Does living near a uranium mine cause cancer?

Cumulative EffectFor those people living in a uranium-rich area, the level of exposure to radiation will naturally be greater than that of the average Canadian simply due to the local geology. Additional amounts of exposure will have a cumulative effect on health impacts experienced from background radiation. Some studies, analyzed in a recent Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) report,  have shown an increased risk of lung cancer in populations close to uranium mine sites, but these are suspected to reflect the increased number of uranium mine workers in the community, since only the risk for men is increased and mine workers are predominantly male. However, the report points out that the lack of evidence (for lung cancer risks or other health risks) should not be taken to mean that there are no health impacts.  It is simply that there have not been enough studies to confirm either way.

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