Estimates of radiation doses and cancer risk from food intake in Korea

Eun Kyeong Moon, Wi Ho Ha, Songwon Seo, Young Woo Jin, Kyu Hwan Jeong, Hae Jung Yoon, Hyoung Soo Kim, Myung Sil Hwang, Hoon Choi, Won Jin Lee

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The aim of this study was to estimate internal radiation doses and lifetime cancer risk from food ingestion. Radiation doses from food intake were calculated using the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the measured radioactivity of 134Cs, 137Cs, and 131I from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Korea. Total number of measured data was 8,496 (3,643 for agricultural products, 644 for livestock products, 43 for milk products, 3,193 for marine products, and 973 for processed food). Cancer risk was calculated by multiplying the estimated committed effective dose and the detriment adjusted nominal risk coefficients recommended by the International Commission on Radiation Protection. The lifetime committed effective doses from the daily diet are ranged 2.957-3.710 mSv. Excess lifetime cancer risks are 14.4-18.1, 0.4-0.5, and 1.8-2.3 per 100,000 for all solid cancers combined, thyroid cancer, and leukemia, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (14161MFDS078) Republic of Korea.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.


  • Diet
  • Neoplasm
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Radioactivity
  • Radionuclide
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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