8 doctors weighed in:
Is getting a lot of x-rays a risk factor for getting cancer?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jonathan Cheng
Radiation Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: YES
There is certainly a risk of getting cancer from low-dose x-rays, and it increases with more x-rays you receive.
The risk of radiation therapy is slightly higher, as the dosage can be multiple folds higher than the low dose x-rays. However, the risk of cancer is extremely small. Overall, the benefits almost always outweigh the small risks of both low-dose x-rays and ionizing radiation therapy.

In brief: YES
There is certainly a risk of getting cancer from low-dose x-rays, and it increases with more x-rays you receive.
The risk of radiation therapy is slightly higher, as the dosage can be multiple folds higher than the low dose x-rays. However, the risk of cancer is extremely small. Overall, the benefits almost always outweigh the small risks of both low-dose x-rays and ionizing radiation therapy.
Dr. Jonathan Cheng
Dr. Jonathan Cheng
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
The chance of inducing a cancer mutation is quite low, and there is no safe exposure. However, the frequency or chance of it happening to an individual is very, very low. in the range of 1/10 to 5th or 6th power. But expose a million peple and you have a few cases!
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Radiation is a known carcinogen.
Risk assessment came from situations like the japan nuclear bombings. Medical radiation is designed to minimize the level based on the type (mammograms are very low and bone scans are high). The frequency in which we do them are meant to give the benefit we want and not do a lot of x-rays on people. The benefit can outweigh the risks. But it can be overdone.

In brief: Yes
Radiation is a known carcinogen.
Risk assessment came from situations like the japan nuclear bombings. Medical radiation is designed to minimize the level based on the type (mammograms are very low and bone scans are high). The frequency in which we do them are meant to give the benefit we want and not do a lot of x-rays on people. The benefit can outweigh the risks. But it can be overdone.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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