Radiation and Tyroid Cancer Essay

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For decades, the effects of radiation has been studied by doctors around the world. X-rays are used in the medical and dental field to take radiographs of certain parts of a person's body. Some have become concerned of the long term and short term effects of having x-rays taken because of the radiation that is exposed. Since the rise of concern, studies have been done to find any type of link between cancer and radiation from x-rays. Specifically, in dental x-rays, researchers have been performing studies trying to prove that radiation from x-rays in the dental office can cause cancer . In 2011, Colleagues from the National Cancer Institute conducted a study involving dental x-rays. Sara Schonfield and others did comparisons with the …show more content…
For decades, the effects of radiation has been studied by doctors around the world. X-rays are used in the medical and dental field to take radiographs of certain parts of a person's body. Some have become concerned of the long term and short term effects of having x-rays taken because of the radiation that is exposed. Since the rise of concern, studies have been done to find any type of link between cancer and radiation from x-rays. Specifically, in dental x-rays, researchers have been performing studies trying to prove that radiation from x-rays in the dental office can cause cancer . In 2011, Colleagues from the National Cancer Institute conducted a study involving dental x-rays. Sara Schonfield and others did comparisons with the number of x-rays in the dental field for a group of people who have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer (Radiation and Thyroid Cancer.) She studied that group before they were even diagnosed to others without thyroid cancer. The ones who have had dental x-rays had more chances of developing thyroid cancer. More than 75% were diagnosed with thyroid cancer before turning 44 years old. Because of this study, their result was that the more x-rays conducted, the higher the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. From 1972 to 2002 there was a 140% increase in thyroid cancer diagnosis (Brody.) Because of this, more researchers have decided to do studies about the increase and the causes. From the year 2000 to the year 2008, it was recorded that

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