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An assessment of the potential carcinogenic hazard of petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment
King, P.J. (1977). An assessment of the potential carcinogenic hazard of petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment. Rapp. et Proc.-Verb. Cons. Int. Explor. Mer 171: 202-211
In: Rapports et Procès-Verbaux des Réunions du Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer. Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer: Copenhagen. ISSN 0074-4336, more

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  • King, P.J. (1977). An assessment of the potential carcinogenic hazard of petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment, in: McIntyre, A.D. et al. (Ed.) (1977). Petroleum Hydrocarbons in the Marine Environment: Proceedings from ICES Workshop held in Aberdeen 9-12 September 1975. Rapports et Procès-Verbaux des Réunions du Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer, 171: pp. 202-211, more

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Keywords
    Carcinogenicity; Hydrocarbons; Marine environment; Petroleum; Marine

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  • King, P.J.

Abstract
    Crude petroleums are known to contain low concentrations of a number of substances mainly of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon type which can, on prolonged and intimate contact, cause skin cancer in man. Similar substances are present in the environment as byproducts of pyrolysis etc. and as natural constituents of certain vegetable foostuffs. These substances have only a very limited solubility in water and at such low concentrations should cause little hazard, but there is a possibility of their concentration in the food chain. This paper attempts to examine all aspects of this problem in the light of published research in a variety of disciplines.

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