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More information from your American Cancer Society

The following related information may also be helpful to you. These materials may be read online or ordered from our toll-free number, at 1-800-227-2345.

Cancer Compensation Programs for People Exposed to Radiation as Part of Nuclear Weapons Testing

Guide to Quitting Smoking

Imaging (Radiology) Tests

Known and Probable Human Carcinogens


Second Cancers in Adults

National organizations and Web sites*

In addition to the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Toll-free number: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
Website: www.cdc.gov
Information about radiation and health: www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/default.htm

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Website: www.epa.gov
Understanding Radiation: www.epa.gov/radiation/understanding-radiation-overview.html

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Website: www.fda.gov
Information about radiation emitting products (including imaging tests): www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/default.htm

Image Gently: The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging
Web site: www.pedrad.org/associations/5364/ig/
Information for parents: http://www.pedrad.org/associations/5364/ig/WhatcanIdoasa/Parent.aspx

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Web site: www.cancer.gov

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Web site: www.niehs.nih.gov

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

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Last Medical Review: 02/24/2015
Last Revised: 02/24/2015