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Doctor insights on: Does Exposure To Radiation Cause Congenital Abnormalities

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Could exposure to radiation cause cancer 30 years later?

Could exposure to radiation cause cancer 30 years later?

Yes, unfortunately: For example, patients with hodkin's lymphoma who received radiation therapy to the chest wall can have increased risk to develop breast cancer due to the radiation-years after the radiation itself. Patient who received radiation for acne or head & neck cancer- can develop thyroid cancer- many years after radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is also known as Congenital abnormalities. A congenital malformation is a condition in which a person has a abnormal body part from the day he was born. The malformation is a birth defect, but sometimes it is not discovered until many years later, especially if it is inside the body, such as a kidney malformation. Many congenital malformations cause symptoms, ...Read more


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How does exposure to radiation cause you cancer?

How does exposure to radiation cause you cancer?

Effects on cell DNA: Any form of radiation ( ionization energy ) effects on cell , allows dna break down , prevent normal repair mechanisms of cell ...Read more

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Exposure to radiation while driving under power lines; does that cause cancer?

Exposure to radiation while driving under power lines; does that cause cancer?

No way.: The dose is so small that even people living under power lines don't get more cancer. You get more radiation flying in a plane or having an x-ray. Even going on the roof of a tall building gives you more. Forget about it. ...Read more

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Do exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors always cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Do exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors always cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes, : Ionizing radiation can cause variety of different dna damages. Radiosensitivity differs in different cell type and tumors. Usually fasting deviding cell types are more susciptible to radiation-induced dna damage during cell proliferation. However, our cells also have an elegant dna damage repair system. Most of the cells can repair the damage by 30 min following exposure to 15 gy radiation. ...Read more

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Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes it may: Radiation treatment can cause damage to surrounding areas. It may put you at risk for cancer in the future as well. Normally the risk/benefit ratio of radiation treatment is taken into account to treat the tumor now. ...Read more

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Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

Can exposure to  radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

unlikely: Thyroid cancers are not rare. All lasers used on people have to be approved by the fda to be safe in regards to radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is a person's exposure to radiation routinely checked?

No routine check: People at risk for radiation exposure usually wear badges. If you were not wearing a badge, you can test your white blood cells for radiation damage. This is not cheap or routine though. ...Read more

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What would long and short term effects be from exposure to radiation fallout?

What would long and short term effects be from exposure to radiation fallout?

Very different: Very high ( > 100 rads), short-term doses of radiation have been known to cause early effects, such as diarrhea, skin burns, cataracts, and even death. It is suspected that radiation exposure may be linked to the potential for genetic effects in children of exposed parents. Longer term, lower level exposure is known to cause many kinds of cancer, and also cataracts. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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In what way can we reduce exposure to radiation to minimize the risks of health effects?

Stay out of the sun: To minimize exposure to radiation you should stay out of the sun: Slip, slap, slop: http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607994767425406449&w=250&h=105&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7 ...Read more

Irradiation (Definition)

Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...Read more


Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more