Some governorates of Iraq are considered as uranium-contaminated areas. The spread of cancerous tumors injuries
was recorded in different parts of Iraq at very high rates. As cancer is closely related to high level of
uranium in the blood, this study was conducted on women with breast cancer to evaluate the uranium concentrations
in their blood. The aim of the study is to assess the concentration of uranium in the blood Iraqi breast
cancer women to establish reference values for the levels of toxic uranium in their blood and the possibility of
getting breast cancer. A total of 39 blood samples were collected from breast cancer women and a control group.
CR-39 track detector has been used to evaluate the uranium concentration in blood samples by placing a drop of
blood on the detectors and calculating the uranium concentrations by irradiating the detectors with a neutron
source. Statistical analysis is achieved utilizing SPSS programme. The outcomes show elevated levels of uranium
concentration in the blood of women with breast cancer, which was found to be 92±0.6 ngL???? 1 compared to the
control group (40 ±0.4 ngL???? 1), and internationally published data. The results show that the uranium concentration
in the blood of breast cancer women is higher than those in the control group and some of the globally
published data. This indicated that there is a relationship between the elevated concentrations of uranium in
blood and the risk of getting breast cancer.
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