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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Radiation and Cancer
I thought the comment posted on Radsafe by Prof. Otto G. Raabe was
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf
Of Otto G. Raabe
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 11:06 PM
To: Dawson, Fred Mr; firstname.lastname@example.org; radsafe
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Risks from rdaition overstated
At 03:47 AM 7/13/2006, Dawson, Fred Mr wrote:
>On 26 April 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power
>Plant blew up. Forty-eight hours later the entire area was evacuated.
>Over the following months there were stories of mass graves and dire
>warnings of thousands of deaths from radiation exposure. Yet in a BBC
>Horizon report to be screened on Thursday, a number ofscientists argue
>that 20 years after the accident there is no crediblescientific evidence
>that any of these predications are coming true
>According to figures from the Chernobyl Forum, an international
>organisation of scientific bodies including a number of UN agencies,
>deaths directly attributable to radiation from Chernobyl currently stand
>at 56 - less than the weekly death toll on Britain's roads.
July 13 , 2006
Although there were thyroid cancers cause by high doses from I-131, the LNT
and other RERF-based predictions concerning cancer deaths associated with
exposures of large populations to ionizing radiation after the Chernobyl
accident have proved to be totally wrong. It should be clear that the LNT
and other estimates based on high dose-rate acute radiation exposures of
atomic bomb survivors do not apply to lower dose-rate protracted exposures
nor to lower doses. We need to relax our current ridiculously restrictive
clean-up standards that will cost the U.S. billions of dollars
unnecessarily. That money would be better spent on cancer or stem-cell
Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
Center for Health & the Environment
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-7754 FAX: (530) 758-6140
[mailto:email@example.com.McMaster.CA]On Behalf Of Randal
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 12:19 AM
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] Radiation and Cancer
OK - I have to ask:
1. Does radiation cause cancer?
I understand that radiation can cause sickness if the dose is high, and
this might be lethal. But a lot of people seem to recover and live on
fairly well. Are there any documented cases of radiation "causing"
cancer in people?
I read one report about radiation workers getting more cancer than the
average population, but they also lived longer than the average
population. It seemed to me they were healthier than most and so lived
long enough to get cancer. This is not bad news.
I guess some people got cancer when they worked with radium during
WWII. Were these problems caused by the radiation, or by the chemical
nature of radium?
Everyone seems to "know" that radiation causes cancer. I just want to
question this assumption.
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