There has been a substantial amount of public discussion on the health effects of the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions. In response to this concern the Royal Society set up an independent, expert working group to investigate the health effects of DU munitions. The Royal Society has now produced two reports, and this summary covering the key conclusions and recommendations from both reports. The part I report considered the increased risks of radiation-induced cancer from exposures to DU on the battlefield. Part II dealt with the risks from the chemical toxicity of uranium, non-malignant radiation effects from DU intakes, the long-term environmental consequences of the deployment of DU munitions and responses to part I including issues arising at a public meeting to discuss the part I report.


Journal article


J Radiol Prot

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131 - 139


Aerosols, Environmental Exposure, Humans, Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced, Occupational Exposure, Radiation Monitoring, Radioactive Pollutants, Uranium, Warfare, Wounds, Gunshot