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Exposure to X-rays Can Raise Leukemia Risks in Children

80 percent of childhood blood cancer cases are of acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL). X-rays are used as a diagnostic tool for this cancer. But, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health have discovered that the exposure to these radiations can increase the chances of blood cancer in children.

The results of their findings were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in October 2010.

Highlights of the Latest Research on the X-ray Exposure:

  • The study found that there is considerable amount of risk associated with exposure of x-rays in children with ALL.
  • Exposure to these radiations when these children were in their mother’s womb did not influence the risk factor.
  • Though the health care experts are observing discretion in the usage of X-rays on children, further restraint should be followed.
  • The matter of concern is the fact that new diagnostic tools based on advanced technology cause higher levels of exposure to x-rays.

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