Blood levels of cadmium and lead in residents near abandoned metal mine areas in Korea

Dong Uk Park, Dae Seon Kim, Seung Do Yu, Kyeong Min Lee, Seung Hun Ryu, Soo Geun Kim, Won Ho Yang, Doo Yong Park, Yeong Seoub Hong, Jung Duck Park, Byung Kook Lee, Jai Dong Moon, Joon Sakong, Seung Chul Ahn, Jung Min Ryu, Soon Won Jung

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We analyzed national data on blood lead levels (BLL) and blood cadmium levels (BCL) in residents living near 38 abandoned metal mining areas (n = 5,682, 18-96 years old) in Korea that were collected by the first Health Effect Surveillance for Residents in Abandoned Metal mines (HESRAM) from 2008 to 2011. The geometric mean BCL and BLL were 1.60 μg/L (95 % CI = 1.57-1.62 μg/L) and 2.87 μg/dL (95 % CI = 2.84-2.90 μg/dL), respectively, notably higher than levels in the general population in Korea and other countries. We found significantly higher BLL and BCL levels in people living within 2 km of an abandoned metal mine (n = 3,165, BCL = 1.87 μg/L, BLL = 2.91 μg/dL) compared to people living more than 2 km away (n = 2,517, BCL = 1.31 μg/L, BLL = 2.82 μg/dL; P < 0.0001) and to the general population values reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5209-5220
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Blood cadmium
  • Blood lead
  • Environmental exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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