Age-Specific Cancer Risk Analysis for a Population Exposed to Contaminated Drinking Water

by Arthur D. Schatz, Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc, Boston, MA, USA,
Lawrence J. Partridge, Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


Recent developments in the methodology for estimating cancer risk for environmental contaminants exhibit promise for improved predictability of risk analyses based on EPA risk guidelines. These developments provide the analytical tools which enable the analyst to directly consider duration of exposure, age of subject(s) exposed and the distinction between cancer initiators and cancer promoters. This risk assessment methodology is applied to a hypothetical hazardous waste exposure scenario in which a population of 1,000 people is exposed to the industrial chemical trichloroethylene in drinking water for 10 years. Carcinogenic risks for each age group are derived and discussed. (Author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Risk management | Water pollution | Age factors | Diseases | Drinking water | Aging (material) | Chemical wastes | Environmental issues

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