A statewide investigation of geographic lung cancer incidence patterns and radon exposure in a low-smoking population.

Ou JY , Fowler B , Ding Q , Kirchhoff AC , Pappas L , Boucher K , Akerley W , Wu Y , Kaphingst K , Harding G , Kepka D
BMC cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Utah despite having the nation's lowest smoking rate. Radon exposure and differences in lung cancer incidence between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas may explain this phenomenon. We compared smoking-adjusted lung cancer incidence rates between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties by predicted indoor radon level, sex, and cancer stage. We also compared lung cancer incidence by county classification between Utah and all SEER sites.

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