Fertility Cancer and Hereditary Risks in Soil Sample of Nasarawa, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

U. Rilwan (Department of Physics, Nigerian Army University, PMB 1500 Biu, Borno State, Nigeria)
A. Hudu (Department of Chemistry, Nigerian Army University, PMB 1500 Biu, Borno State, Nigeria)
A. Ubaidullah (Federal University Dutsin-ma, P.M.B 5001 Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, Nigeria)
A. U. Maisalatee (Liyu Unity Science Academy, Campus Avenue, Behind Yaro Sule Filling Station, P.M.B 03 Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria)
A. A. Bello (Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria)
E. I. Ugwu (Department of Physics, Nigerian Army University, PMB 1500 Biu, Borno State, Nigeria)
G. O. Okara (Department of Physics, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, P.M.B. 1022, Nasarawa State, Nigeria)

Article ID: 3633

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jor.v3i2.3633


A survey of Fertility Cancer and Hereditary Risks in Soil Sample of Nasarawa was carried out. This study assessed the level of Fertility Cancer and Hereditary Risks in some part of Nasarawa using the gamma-ray spectrometry. The mean concentration for 40K was 645.29 ± 07.32 Bq/kg, for 226Ra was 28.43 ± 4.8422 Bq/Kg and for 232Th was 66.84 ± 2.0201 Bq/Kg. The average effective dose due to the ingestion was 0.36±0.1µSv/y which was approximately 1000 times lower than the world average effective dose. Radium equivalent activity Raeq (Bq/kg), alpha index and total cancer risk were found to be 161.44±8.08 Bq/kg, 0.142±0.02 and (0.21±0.05) ×10-5 respectively. UNSCEAR/ USEPA stipulated that; radium equivalent activity, alpha index, effective dose and total cancer risk should not exceed the limit of 370 Bq/kg, unity, 300 µSv/y and 1 ×10-4 respectively. Hence the values obtained in this work were within the acceptable limits. This implies that the ingestion or inhalation of soil is not associated with any radiological risk of concern.


Absorbed dose;Effective dose;Natural radioactivity;Radium equivalent activity;Internal hazard index; γ-ray spectrometry

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