Fallout from the Chernobyl accident and overall cancer incidence in Finland

Päivi Kurttio, Karri Seppä, Kari Pasanen, Toni Patama, Anssi Auvinen, Eero Pukkala, Sirpa Heinävaara, Hannu Arvela, Timo Hakulinen

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    Aim: We studied whether incidence of all cancer sites combined was associated with the radiation exposure due to fallout from the Chernobyl accident in Finland. An emphasis was on the first decade after the accident to assess the suggested "promotion effect". Methods: The segment of Finnish population with a stable residence in the first post-Chernobyl year (2. million people) was studied. The analyses were based on a 250 m × 250. m grid squares covering all of Finland and all cancer cases except cancers of the breast, prostate and lung. Cancer incidence in four exposure areas (based on first-year dose due to external exposure

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)585-592
    Number of pages8
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Cancer
    • Chernobyl nuclear accident
    • Finland
    • Ionizing radiation
    • Neoplasms
    • Registries

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