How Radiation Causes Cancer
Deadliest Effects of Exposure to Radiation


What type of radiation causes cancer? There are two forms: ultraviolet and ionizing. Tumors are only some of the many dangers and harmful effects of exposure to to both forms of radiation. Therapy to treat tumor uses ionizing radiation and can lead to secondary cancer.



What are the side effects of radiation?

There are two kinds of radiation that are proven to have harmful side effects to man and they are . . .


1. Ultraviolet or UV

sunbathing for long hours and unprotected make skin vulnerable to skin cancer which is one of the effects of exposure to UV radiation
What is UV radiation? It comes primarily from the sun and what touches your skin is radiation that is largely composed of UVA with a small UVB component.

It is also an ionizing type of radiation as it causes charging of your cells.

Over exposure to the sun radiation brings about a lot of harmful health side effects such as severe and persistent changes in your skin, eyes and even your immune system. (See Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation)

UV radiation causes cataracts and skin cancer especially the deadliest type known as Melanoma.

Click here to read about Skin Cancer Facts: Types, Signs and Prevention.


2. Ionizing

x-ray emits harmful effects of radiation
What is ionizing radiation? It consists of high energy waves that are able to penetrate your cells and cause charging in the different parts of your cell.

It is also used to treat cancers. Ironically, it is proven that ionizing radiation causes cancer of another type in the person undergoing said method of treatment.

Lung cancer, particularly the small cell type, is one of the side effects of exposure to high and frequent doses of ionizing radiation. See Facts about Lung Cancer. It is found to be very common among uranium miners.

It was Marie Curie who discovered radium and ironically, she was believed to have died of leukemia. So did her daughter.

The first cancer case that was caused by radiation was confirmed in 1902. The first report of leukemia happened among radiation workers in 1911.

Click here for facts about leukemia.




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Related Information:

Different Cancers are Side Effects of Radiation

Side Effects of Radiation - Different cancers such as breast, leukemia and more

Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation - Damaged skin condition such as wrinkles and sunspots

Harmful Effects of Ultraviolet Rays - Cataracts, Poor Immune System and Different Types of Skin Cancer

Harmful Effects of Radiation - Damage to your DNA and organs that are sensitive to radiation

Other Causes of Cancer:

Cancer Causing Agents in the Environment

Second Hand Smoking Facts

Unhealthy Eating Habits and Disorders

Human Viruses that Cause Cancer

Return from Radiation Causes Cancer to Risk Factors for Tumor

Return from Effects of Exposure to Radiation to Lung Cancer Prevention Home




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