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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(6), 1865-1871; doi:10.3390/ijerph8061865

An Ecologic Analysis of County-Level PM2.5 Concentrations and Lung Cancer Incidence and Mortality

National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 109 T.W. Alexander Dr, MD B243-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA
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Received: 2 May 2011 / Revised: 27 May 2011 / Accepted: 28 May 2011 / Published: 1 June 2011
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Abstract

Few studies have explored the relationship between PM2.5 and lung cancer incidence. Although results are mixed, some studies have demonstrated a positive relationship between PM2.5 and lung cancer mortality. Using an ecologic study design, we examined the county-level associations between PM2.5 concentrations (2002–2005) and lung cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina (2002–2006). Positive trends were observed between PM2.5 concentrations and lung cancer incidence and mortality; however, the R2 for both were
Keywords: particulate matter; lung cancer; incidence rates; mortality rates particulate matter; lung cancer; incidence rates; mortality rates
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Vinikoor-Imler, L.C.; Davis, J.A.; Luben, T.J. An Ecologic Analysis of County-Level PM2.5 Concentrations and Lung Cancer Incidence and Mortality. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 1865-1871.

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