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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-04 05:41 AM
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LAT: More Cancer Risk Seen in Full-Body CT Scans
More Cancer Risk Seen in Full-Body CT Scans
The radiation from one exam is equal to that in some atomic-bomb survivors. But for the ill, diagnostic benefits outweigh the danger.

By Thomas H. Maugh II and Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writers


Whole-body CT scans, long controversial because of doubts about their effectiveness in finding hidden disease, can significantly increase the recipient's risk of developing cancer, according to a study released Monday.

The radiation from a single whole-body scan is equal to that from 100 mammograms and is similar to that received by survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan about 1 1/2 miles from the explosions according to radiation biologist David J. Brenner of Columbia University.

The radiation from one scan is enough to produce a tumor in every 1,200 people who undergo the procedure, reported Brenner and coauthor Carl D. Elliston of Columbia in the journal Radiology. For those who have annual scans, the risk goes as high as one tumor in every 50 people, they said.

"The risks for a single scan are not huge," Brenner said. "But if you have them repeatedly, the risk starts to build up quite a lot and becomes quite significant."

Brenner cautioned that his results applied only to healthy individuals who chose to receive the scans. "The risk-benefit equation changes dramatically for adults who are referred for CT exams for medical diagnosis," he said. "Diagnostic benefits far outweigh the risks."...


http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-bodyscan31au...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-04 06:50 AM
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1. Stupid yuppies screwed themselves again!
My gawd, the misallocation of everything in this country is staggering. Stupid yuppie hypochondriacs are paying for full body CT scans to tell them they're just stupid yuppies trapped in healthy bodies while giving them enough of a radiation load to make them sick later! Meanwhile, the uninsured can't even afford basic x-rays when they're sick or injured!

Serves the snotnosed whiny overpaid morons right. I have no sympathy for anyone who misuses the system while people suffer without care.
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belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-04 07:35 AM
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2. What the hell are you raving about?
Some people who're at high cancer risk or have already had it do it; some do it because they're told by their doctors. Nobody deserves cancer, anyway, "yuppie" or not. What the fuck is wrong with you?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-04 07:43 AM
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3. What's "wrong" with me is I hate waste
This is a FAD, son, yuppies are doing this electively, in their 30s, with no sign of illness and damned little family history. They're using medical resources that should be used for people who need them, just to say they've done it. Some fools are even doing it as part of an engagement, ferkrissakes, just to assure their future partners that they're not at risk for enforcing that inconvenient "in sickness and in health" promise.

No, nobody deserves cancer. However, people do deserve to face the consequences of their own selfishness and stupidity, and this misuse of medicine is both selfish and stupid.
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