Author: A. Schmidt 1
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  • 1 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Radiation Programs 20460 Washington, D.C. USA
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Abstract  

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year may be related to radon exposure. This paper briefly describes the approach used to derive the Agency's central estimate of risk to the population. The weight-of-evidence for classifying radon as a known human carcinogen and the uncertainties associated with estimating risks from radon exposure provide an important context for these estimates and are briefly discussed.