Human Exposure to Airborne Mutagens Indoors and Outdoors Using Mutagenesis and Chemical Analysis Methods

  • Hidetsuru Matsushita
  • Sumio Goto
  • Yukihiko Takagi
  • Osamu Endo
  • Kiyoshi Tanabe
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 39)


The lung cancer mortality rate has been steadily increasing in industrialized countries of the world. There are many risk factors for the lung cancer induction in our environments. Airborne carcinogens and mutagens are considered to be one of the major risk factors. However, quantitative contribution of airborne carcinogens and mutagens to the lung cancer induction has not yet been accurately evaluated, because of the lack of data on long-term human exposure to these chemicals in many areas which are in different pollution levels. For this purpose, there is an urgent need to develop methodologies suitable for monitoring long-term exposure to these carcinogens and mutagens.


Mutagenic Activity Personal Exposure Airborne Particulate Matter Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon Mutation Assay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidetsuru Matsushita
    • 1
  • Sumio Goto
    • 1
  • Yukihiko Takagi
    • 1
  • Osamu Endo
    • 1
  • Kiyoshi Tanabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community Environmental SciencesNational Institute of Public HealthTokyoJapan

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