AUTHORThe Royal Society
TITLEThe Health Hazards of Depleted Uranium Munitions: Part I
PERIODICAL TITLEThe Royal Society
DATE PUBLISHED2001
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBERMay
PAGE NUMBERS1-88
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This first part of a two-part series by the British Royal Society evaluates the radiological risks posed by exposure to depleted uranium (DU), especially for troops on the battlefield. The Royal Society investigative panel primarily concerned itself with examining internal depleted uranium exposure from ingestion, inhalation, and wounds. The scientists reviewed the epidemiological data available on DU and estimated what the typical and worst-case levels of exposure for troops would be. The panel calculated the levels of radiation that troops in those categories would be exposed to and concluded that the DU would have only negligible effects on their health. The scientists found it highly unlikely that radiation exposure from DU would lead to statistically significant increases in cancer levels among the exposed, although there was a greater likelihood in the worst-case scenarios. The panel also made suggestions about further research that should be conducted regarding the radiological effects of depleted uranium.



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