PA019:
Origin, Transport, and Accumulation of Geogenic Carcinogens





Session ID#: 26102

Session Description:
Some geologically sourced (geogenic) airborne carcinogens such as radon gas, silica and coal dust, and asbestos fibers affect public health, especially respiratory health, throughout the world. Other geogenic carcinogens such as arsenic, cadmium, and inorganic lead are found in sediments and soils; they can be transported by surface water and groundwater, be taken up by plants, and ultimately contaminate water and food sources. Few epidemiological studies, however, have explicitly considered geologic factors such as bedrock geology, surficial geology, and geologic processes responsible for carcinogen origin, transport, and accumulation. Researching carcinogen origin, transport, and accumulation within the context of the geologic processes—including development of predictive relationships between carcinogen occurrence and geologic map units—can help to better define and evaluate associated public-health hazards and risks.
Primary Convener:  Bethany Overfield, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY, United States
Conveners:  William C Haneberg, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY, United States, Geoffrey S Plumlee, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, United States and Ellen Hahn, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

4315 Monitoring, forecasting, prediction [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4322 Health impact [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4326 Exposure [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4328 Risk [NATURAL HAZARDS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Warren Anderson, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, United States
Bethany Overfield1, Ellen Hahn2, Amanda Wiggins2 and William M. Andrews Jr.1, (1)University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY, United States, (2)University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY, United States
Ann Sullivan Ojeda1, Sterling Ford2, Michael Ihnat2, Randle M. Gallucci2 and Paul Richard Philp1, (1)University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK, United States, (2)The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Oklahoma City, OK, United States

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