When talking about radiation and cancer risk, it is often x-rays and gamma rays that people think about. Learn what we know about these types of high-energy radiation and how they affect cancer risk.
Radiation Exposure and Cancer
Learn about the different types of radiation and how exposure might affect cancer risk.
Between 1945 and 1962, several countries tested nuclear weapons in the open air. The US government has passed several laws to compensate military veterans, people who worked in the nuclear industry, and others exposed to radiation as part of nuclear testing programs who later develop certain types of cancer or other diseases. Learn more here.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. Find out more about radon and its effects here.
Some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy may increase a person's risk of developing a different type of cancer later in life. Here we discuss the risk of second cancers that may be linked to past cancer treatment.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation comes from the sun and man-made sources like tanning beds. Learn more about UV and how to reduce your risk of skin cancer here.
Radiofrequency (RF) radiation, such as microwaves and radio waves, is at the low-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum and is a type of non-ionizing radiation. Learn what we know about RF radiation and cancer risk.
Some concerns have been raised about the safety of cell phone use because they give off radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Learn what we know about cell phones and cancer risk here.
Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. Find out what we know about the effects of cell phone towers here.