This concludes our description of the background and historical development of RECA and our description of the various aspects of compensation that it includes. In an upcoming chapter (Chapter 8) we explore the ethical framework that undergirds the compensation legislation. Such issues as equity in compensation and the ethics of screening are treated, along with other ethical concerns that surfaced in our public meetings with stakeholders. We insert this discussion after our recommendations regarding the most recent scientific information related to radiation exposure and associated cancers or other diseases (Chapters 4 and 7) and whether other groups of people or additional geographic areas should be covered under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) program (Chapters 5 and 6).

Those recommendations are based in sound science. Those in Chapters 9, 10 and 11 are grounded in evidence-based medical practice and studies regarding effective educational strategies. We turn now to the scientific matters about which the committee has been charged.

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