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  •  As I mentioned (4+ / 0-)
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    Dauphin, barbwires, Ice Blue, worldlotus

    nuclear power plant workers are one of the groups often studied to assess the risks of low-dose radiation.  

    One of the earliest studies I believe can be read here.  These studies include people who worked at

    facilities engaged in the production of nuclear power, the manufacture of nuclear weapons, the enrichment and processing of nuclear fuel, the production of radioisotopes, or reactor or weapons radiation research
    .

    There are statistically significant increases for cancer in this group, though they are low.  In fact, in the study cited at the top of this post, Canadian workers had the highest risk relative to the 14 other countries under study.  

    Other studies have in fact shown Canadian workers have a lower cancer incidence.

    This mainly just goes to show that it is extremely difficult to find statistically meaningful relationships at low doses that are also not scientifically debated.

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