Cancer and uranium
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Arch Environ Health. 1985 Nov-Dec;40(6):307-12. Gastric cancer in New Mexico counties with significant deposits of uranium. Wilkinson GS.
Several counties in northern New Mexico display high rates of mortality from gastric cancer. Significant differences in sex-specific, age-adjusted, average annual stomach cancer mortality rates among whites from 1970-1979 were found between counties with significant deposits of uranium compared to those without significant deposits.
These results remained unchanged when either socioeconomic status or Hispanic ethnicity were considered.
Additional research needs to consider individual characteristics and competing risk factors for individuals with gastric cancer in these counties.
A working hypothesis is that residents of counties with significant deposits of uranium are exposed to higher-than-average environmental levels of radionuclides such as radon and radon daughters, or to trace elements such as arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and lead which are commonly found in areas with uranium deposits.
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Heavy metal poisoning