Acute Radiation Syndrome Acute radiation syndrome, also known as radiation sickness or radiation poisoning, results from high doses of radiation over a short period of time, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nuclear bombs and reactor accidents are likely to cause acute radiation syndrome, but radioactivity used in cancer treatment may also lead to a version of radiation poisoning. In radiation sickness, the person will first experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people also have skin damage and hair loss in the early stages. Soon afterward, other symptoms appear, including loss of appetite, fatigue, fever, seizures, infection, internal bleeding and coma. Some individuals die of acute radiation syndrome.
Colon Cancer Treatments Chat w/ an oncology info expert about today's treatment options. CancerCenter.com/CareThatNeverQuits Sponsored Links Cancer Many different types of cancer have been associated with doses of radiation over 50,000 millirems, according to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC. These include leukemia, breast cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, laryngeal cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma and stomach cancer. However, cancer takes many years to develop and the increase in risk caused by radiation is difficult to separate from other environmental contributors to cancer. Low doses of radiation, under 10,000 millirems, do not seem to affect cancer risk. For perspective, the NRC points out that areas of high natural radiation such as Denver, Colorado expose residents to about 1,000 millirems a year and the average person receives about 40 millirems a year from medical procedures such as x-rays.
Genetic Damage Animal experiments done in laboratory settings have indicated that genetic damage occurs with radiation exposure, although human studies have been thus far inconclusive. According to the National Institutes of Health, the children and grandchildren of individuals who survived the nuclear detonations at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II have shown no lasting effects that were passed down through their genes. However, the Washington State Department of Health reports that men who were exposed to radiation over a long period of time during the existence of the Hanford nuclear power plant have children with higher rates of leukemia than other populations. Meanwhile, the link between radiation and childhood cancer remains controversial, and studies are ongoing among populations with high radiation exposure.
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