Question My question is in regard to radiation. I had to have a chest x ray because of pneumonia. it was in its early stages I took the medication and am fine. My dentist likes to take full x rays every 5 yrs. every yr or so he likes x rays of 2 side molars. I'm due this summer for the full dental x ray. should I pass on it until next yr. I feel this is too much radiation, which I understand causes cancer. I have a micro wave oven I don't use that often they tell me this could be a cancer cause is this all true. thank you
Answer Yes some radiation - NOT all - may cause cancer. Your micro wave oven for example does NOT cause cancer! X-ray radiation. on the other hand may cause cancer. However the risk level is related to dose level. The higher the dose the higher is also the risk. However due to higher probability at på resent of reaching a higher age and the fact that higher age increases cancer risks quite a lot the risk of having a cancer during life is now around 30%. So the risk increase for you due to your x-ryas is indeed VERY small in comparison. You must make decisions for yourself. But if in your situation I world not hesitate to accept these x-ray examinations! Good luck!
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