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Old April 29th, 2004, 11:04
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Is Chronic Radiation an Effective Prophylaxis Against Cancer?

this article details the exposure of 10,000 Taiwanese residents to low-level radiation exposure over a 9 to 20 year period. The residents were exposed by accident due to the contamination of recycled steel with radioactive cobalt. The researchers found that those exposed (50 mSv / year, or 5 rem) had a dramatically lower cancer mortality rate than expected. COMMENT: exposure to low level radiation is hypothesized to be beneficial because it induces reparative mechanisms in the DNA. This concept is termed radiation hormesis.


REF: J Amer Physicians and Surgeons 2004;9(1):6

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