Mortality of employees of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, 1946–97
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    Radiation as a cause of mesothelioma.

    Dear Editor

    Atkinson et al,[1] reported “particularly among those monitored for plutonium exposure there was a significant excess mortality from cancer of the pleura”.

    However, they also note the lack of a trend for radiation dose. The authors’ suggest that these cancers are mostly mesothelioma and that asbestos is the likely causative agent. There is no mention of other agents that can cause mesothe...

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