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One Percent of Cancers Caused by Medical X-rays

About one percent of all cancers in the United States are caused by X-rays. That is bad enough, but Japan has a rate 300 percent higher. The researchers estimate that X-ray-based medical imaging causes an extra 18,500 cases of cancer each year across the 15 countries studied. Three years ago I posted an excellent review in this area by Dr. Gofman. He is a nuclear physicist and a medical doctor and is one of the leading experts in the world in these issues. The review is highly recommended if you find this topic interesting.

The Lancet January 31, 2004 Volume 363, Number 9406

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