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A 28-year-old male asked:

Can xrays give you cancer ?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: x rays cause damage to the dna of the cell and this can cause the cells regulation of growth to be messed up and lead to cancer. The main issue is the amount of radiation and if that part of the body is susceptible to cancer. Dental x-rays have lower amounts of radiation than they used to (it is small) and the head is not common for cancer.. Radiation cancer treatment increases other cancers.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, the ionizing radiation from x-rays has been linked to increase cancer risk. So try to minimize your exposure to x-rays if and when possible. Remember, not every person who gets exposed to x-rays gets cancer.
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: X-ray is known human carcinogen. Howver, the risk from medical x-ray is generally very low and usually outweighed by the benefits of getting the right diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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