Are miners in a uranium mine at a higher risk for cancer?



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    Potentially, yes, but not likely. Uranium is slightly radioactive, so it is important that miners take extra cautions to minimize their risk of exposure, especially since they are exposed to it on a daily basis. Generally, uranium does not pose serious health threats, because although it is more abundant than gold, it is only found in trace quantities in various parts of the world. Nonetheless, several steps are taken to make sure that the radon emissions resulting from the mining of uranium ore does not harm miners or the public. Read the information below from the World Nuclear Association, particularly that under the subheadings “Wastes from Mining and Milling” and “The Health of Workers.”

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