For years, Life Extension has warned of the potential risk of cancer due to the radiation caused by CT scans. Now, a recent report in The Lancet shows that the most vulnerable among us, children, may be suffering from not heeding our warning.*
The study included patients without previous cancer diagnoses who were first examined with CT scans in National Health Service (NHS) centers in England, Wales, or Scotland (Great Britain) between 1985 and 2002, when they were younger than 22 years of age. The scientists conducting the study received data for cancer incidence, mortality, and loss to follow-up from the NHS Central Registry from Jan. 1, 1985, to Dec. 31, 2008.
These documents showed a positive association between radiation dose from CT scans and leukemia and brain tumors, leading the researchers to write that the "use of CT scans in children to deliver cumulative doses of about 50 mGy might almost triple the risk of leukemia and doses of about 60 mGy might triple the risk of brain cancer."