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Does radiation poisoning cause cancer?

Radiation poisoning is caused by exposure to massive amounts of high-energy, ionizing radiation. The radiation responsible for this illness can increase cancer risk. Radiation causes the uncontrolled growth seen in cancer cells by breaking chemical bonds and altering the genetic material. The increase in cancer risk due to radiation is seen among the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. These individuals experience approximately 10 percent more solid tumors (such as stomach, bladder, thyroid, and skin) and 46 percent more blood cancers than those without significant radiation exposure.

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How does radiation poisoning affect the body?
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How does radiation poisoning affect my thyroid?
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How radiation poisoning affect my skin?
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