Researchers at Berkley’s School of Public Health, UC have made startling revelations regarding the apparent links between X-ray diagnostic mechanisms and instances of leukemia in children. It stated in clear and precise terms that excessive exposure to X-ray based diagnostic tools puts children at a higher risk of developing leukemia. In fact, it was also revealed that chances of X-ray exposure for children who suffered from acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) were more than twice or thrice as compared to normal and healthy children.
The region of the body diagnosed via X-ray also influenced the intensity of risk which was the highest in case of chest X-rays. The finding comes as rather startling when in effect it is widely known that radiation and cancer are interrelated and research was going on over the feasibility of using minor forms of radiation such as in X-ray for diagnosing affected organs inside the body.
According to government statistics, on an average 360 millirems worth radiation is what each and every citizen of the country is exposed to every year. It combines radiation from natural as well as manmade sources. The major manmade sources of radiation include air travel, radon and X-rays. Moreover it is the ionizing radiation that causes cancer. Non-ionizing radiation such as that emanating from radio waves, electric power lines etc is considered harmless. In view of this, the X-rays belong to the category of ionizing radiation and on prolonged and frequent exposure can increase the chances of cancer, particularly leukemia in children.