Leukemia Mortality: Downturn Rates in the United States

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Science  03 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3766, pp. 1126-1128
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3766.1126


A decline, the first ever observed, has recently occurred in leukemia mortality rates for the white population of the United States between the ages of 1 and 74. Possible explanations include diminished exposure to medical x-rays following the release in the United States and Great Britain in 1956 of widely publicized reports on the biologic effects of ionizing radiation.