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Author Topic: Do all my injuries/x-rays mean my chances of developing cancer are increased?  (Read 4066 times)

Offline jerzyballer

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I've played sports for my entire life.  As I'm sure any of my fellow athletes will tell you...injuries are going to happen. I've broken bones, torn muscles and have had multiple concussions over my many years of playing sports.  I've had x-rays, MRI's and CAT scans, all of which means Radiation.  I know the less exposure to radiation, the better, SOOO, my question is at what point should I be worried about all of these x-rays and MRIs having a serious effect on my chances of developing cancer or other health complications?

Offline lizhigh

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Radiation exposure is a cancer risk factor, but most medical x-rays use low doses and won't substantially raise your likelihood of getting cancer. Imaging scans for injuries sound like greater benefit than harm.

This article talks about the risk from CT and MRI scans:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/do-mri-and-ct-scans-cause-cancer-everything-we-know-about-procedures-safety-397476

 


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