U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Ft Mitchell, KY
A 32-year-old female asked:

Terrified i am going to get cancer from a chest ct scan i had 2 years ago at 30 yr old, had other x-rays in lifetime, but only 1 ct. truly scared :(?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
Wait to worry: You have very little if any reason to be terrified because you have had some X-rays done.Medical use of X-rays including a CT scan can not cause cancer so soon or ever... unless you have had more than 10 times the normal use of X-rays(most people can safely have 5 to 10 CT scans before any concerns for harm/cancer should arise). I hope this helps your Mind to rest in peace
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated May 17, 2018


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.