What does science say about the cancer risk associated with CT scan radiation of CT (especially for children)?

What exactly does science say about the cancer risk associated with CT scans?

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Below is a link to a blog post I received today by Dr. Michael Greger on what science says about the cancer risk associated with CT scans.

If you have children this blog post is particularly important. Children face a special risk because the damage done during CT scans can take years to become apparent.

http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/02/13/how-risky-are-ct-scans/

My wife gets quarterly (and sometimes more frequent) CT scans to monitor her stage 4 breast cancer. I’m uneasy about the damage done during these scans that may actually aggravate her condition. Unfortunately patients aren’t normally briefed by their doctors on the risks they’re exposing themselves to with each CT scan. Since the medical community doesn’t do it, it’s up to us as consumers to arm ourselves with the knowledge to make informed choices.

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February 4, 2014 · 6:55 am

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