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A 39-year-old member asked:

Do the health effects of exposure to radiation differ for acute vs. chronic low-level exposure?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Very much so: Acute exposure causes burns, destruction of bone marrow, and other tissue injuries like cataracts. Long term exposure can lead to various cancers, and amazingly, also cataracts. Both can kill! one form of chronic low-level radiation exposure is the sun, so wear sunscreen!
Last updated Sep 25, 2012


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