Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 63–68 | Cite as

Health effects of arsenic in drinking water: Research needs

  • John R. Fowie
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Abstract

Research needed to resolve the uncertainties of cancer risk from ingestion of arsenic in drinking water is described. The recommendations fall into two categories reflecting the areas of greatest uncertainty regarding the assessment of arsenic risk: research on the mechanism of cancer, and research on the metabolism and detoxification of arsenic. The recommendations are discussed in light of risk assessment and risk management issues, stressing the need for scientists to interpret research findings for decision managers.

Keywords

Arsenic Geochemistry Drinking Water Cancer Risk Risk Assessment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Fowie
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  1. 1.Health Effects Research Laboratory, MD-51AUS Environmental Protection AgencyResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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