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Ulanowski, A. ; Shemiakina, E. ; Güthlin, D. ; Becker, J. ; Preston, D.* ; Apostoaei, A.I.* ; Hoffman, F.O.* ; Jacob, P. ; Kaiser, J.C. ; Eidemüller, M.

ProZES: The methodology and software tool for assessment of assigned share of radiation in probability of cancer occurrence.

Radiat. Environ. Biophys. 59, 601–629 (2020)
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ProZES is a software tool for estimating the probability that a given cancer was caused by preceding exposure to ionising radiation. ProZES calculates this probability, the assigned share, for solid cancers and hematopoietic malignant diseases, in cases of exposures to low-LET radiation, and for lung cancer in cases of exposure to radon. User-specified inputs include birth year, sex, type of diagnosed cancer, age at diagnosis, radiation exposure history and characteristics, and smoking behaviour for lung cancer. Cancer risk models are an essential part of ProZES. Linking disease and exposure to radiation involves several methodological aspects, and assessment of uncertainties received particular attention. ProZES systematically uses the principle of multi-model inference. Models of radiation risk were either newly developed or critically re-evaluated for ProZES, including dedicated models for frequent types of cancer and, for less common diseases, models for groups of functionally similar cancer sites. The low-LET models originate mostly from the study of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Risks predicted by these models are adjusted to be applicable to the population of Germany and to different time periods. Adjustment factors for low dose rates and for a reduced risk during the minimum latency time between exposure and cancer are also applied. The development of the methodology and software was initiated and supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) taking up advice by the German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK, Strahlenschutzkommission). These provide the scientific basis to support decision making on compensation claims regarding malignancies following occupational exposure to radiation in Germany.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Radiation Exposure ; Radiation Risk ; Risk Analysis ; Malignant Neoplasms; Atomic-bomb Survivors; Breast-cancer; Lung-cancer; Solid Cancer; Collaborative Analysis; Ionizing-radiation; Individual Data; Pooled Analysis; Exposure Rates; Thyroid-cancer
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0301-634X
e-ISSN 1432-2099
Quellenangaben Volume: 59, Issue: , Pages: 601–629 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Springer
Publishing Place One New York Plaza, Suite 4600, New York, Ny, United States
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Grants Projekt DEAL