Committee discounts cancer risk from ozone depletion

An official health committee has concluded that stratospheric ozone depletion is most unlikely to give rise to any significant risk of skin cancer, according to a parliamentary answer by junior Health Minister Tom Sackville.1

The Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) was asked to advise on the health effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation in the light of adverse trends in the incidence of skin cancer and possible increases in the penetration of solar UV radiation due to ozone depletion. Public concern about the risk of skin cancer has been heightened by recent scientific findings that ozone depletion is now occurring in mid-lat

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