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Could X-rays Potentially Cause Leukemia In Philly?

Even though the risk is still minute, a recent study revealed that exposure to three or more X-rays in childhood could potentially double the odds that youngster could develop a form of leukemia. According to, the study does not confirm that X-rays do directly increase the risk of leukemia, but researchers are suggesting that medical physicians not order X-rays if they aren't necessary.

Each year nearly 3,317 children from birth up until the age of 14 have leukemia, which is a type of cancer that affects bone marrow and blood. Leukemia can generally be treated, but has a larger potential to be fatal.

X-rays may be significant in treating conditions like pneumonia and broken bones among kids in Philadelphia. At the same time, researchers are encouraging doctors to be cautious when using CT scans because they could transport dangerous radiation to the body. Patricia Buffler, the study's co-author and epidemiologist, said "reducing any unnecessary exposure [to radiation] is important" even if some of that exposure helps create an accurate diagnosis.

Researchers think that the kind of radiation found in X-rays can trigger cells in the body to mutate and develop into cancer. With CT scans becoming more frequently used, they have been found to generate more radiation than typical X-rays. For a Philadelphia personal injury attorney, the potential risk and harm X-rays and CT scans may have on a young patient could lead to possible injury claims against medical practitioners.

More studies are still being conducted on the effects of CT scans on leukemia rates. If you have any concerns regarding injury claims related to medical malpractice, speak to an experience Philadelphia personal injury attorney or refer to the Related Resources links.

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