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Verna Ong

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Transcript of Radiation

Radiation Radiation Although you cannot escape radiation there are ways in reducing your exposure What can we do about it? When a source emits energy
as electromagnetic waves or
as moving subatomic particles.
People today are surrounded with radiation:
radio towers
cell phones,
microwave ovens, computers,
and so much more.
Doesn’t go away over time
,it just accumulates. Sources - There are many sources of
radiation all around us, some
are unavoidable , but a lot are

- Many may come as a surprise
as radiation is not so
obvious Health Dimensions Effected Physical Health

Environmental Health Who are affected by it? Everyone is affected by radiation, however there are people who are more vulnerable than others. By: Tamara Kalinski Brooke Cottyn, Chelsea Rodrigues, Verna Ong Natural Sources - Unavoidable
- Largest contributor
- Can reduce
exposure Radon - Leading source of radiation
- Second leading cause of lung cancer
- Found in soil an commonly in the bases of our homes
- Radioactive elements decay into radon gas Cosmic and Space -Gamma rays or charged particles
- Can seep through atmosphere
- Radiation exposure from cosmic depends on altitude Man-Made Sources Cell Phones Send and receive radio signals from a base station

Emit electromagnetic radiation called radiofrequency (RF) energy (non-ionizing radiation)

RF energy might be a risk factor for cancer. No evident research

Canada must meet regulatory requirements that limit human exposure to RF energy "Safety Code 6" Cell Phones: Reduce Your Risk Use a headset or speakerphone
keep your phone out of your pocket
Limit children's Use
No driving while on the phone
Don't chat with poor signal How Radiation is Measured Radiation is measured in Roentgen equivalent in men or REM REM represents the total amount of radiation needed to cause damage to living tissue Physical Health Doses above 100 REM's cause the first signs of radiation sickness, symptoms are:
Hair Loss
Some loss of white blood cells Doses of 300 REM's or more cause temporary hair loss. It also causes internal harm which includes nerve cell damage and damage to cells lining the digestive tract. Severe loss of white blood cells occurs which make people more susceptible to disease. Radiation also lowers production of blood platelets. Half of all people exposed to 450 REM's die while doses of 800 REM's or more is always fatal Physical Health Con't Other symptoms Include fever and diarrhea In time, for survivors, diseases such as Leukemia, lung cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, etc. can appear do to radiation exposure. Environmental Health Some forms of radiation are found in the environment and others are due to modern technology Most have the potential for both beneficial and harmful effects Even sunlight can be harmful in excessive amounts Enviro. Health Con't Ionizing radiation is a harmful form of radiation. It disrupts atoms, creating positive ions and negative electrons, which can cause biological harm Types of ionizing radiation:
gamma rays
alpha & beta particles
neutrons - Radiation caused by
everyday technology

- account for 20% of our total radiation exposure Cell phones - not certain if they do cause cancer
- believe that tissue absorbs the radiation Medical Radiation - CT scans, X-Rays, nuclear medicine
-Emit large amounts of radiation when used
- Contribute to about 50% of radiation in the US Other everyday sources Tobacco - radiation that's inhaled from tobacco causes lung cancer, second hand smoke plays large part

radioactive smoke detectors, television sets, luminous watches and dials
- contribute to about 2% of your total radiation exposure Common Sources - 1% is due to nuclear power plants, uranium mining and milling, nuclear waste disposal, and fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests Women during Pregnancy Children Children are very sensitive to radiation exposure.
They are not used to the exposure from radiation
Because their cells divide faster than an adults, radiation can cause a disruption in the division process = cancer.
Melanoma risk rises Generally, who are at risk? People with:
Lighter, natural skin
Skin that burns, has freckles, gets red, or is painful in the sun
Certain types/large number of moles
Family History of cancer
Personal History
Personal/Family History of sun burns
Constant exposure to sun through work and/or play
People who tan The most common source of prenatal radiation exposure is medical exams: CT or CAT) scan of the abdomen or pelvis, lower back X-rays, or standard pelvic X-rays.
Women who are pregnant could potentially have a miscarriage if exposed to large amounts of radiation (above the dose received from 500 chest x-rays)
Can show signs of acute radiation syndrome, aka radiation sickness. The Embryo/Fetus Is most sensitive during the first 2 weeks of pregnancy
Damage to one cell can cause the death of the embryo
Exposure to too much radiation can cause birth defects and genetic mutation such as:
-smaller size of the head
-small brains-poorly formed eyes
-abnormally slow growth
-mental retardation/disability
For the babies that survive, few will have birth defects, regardless of how much radiation they were exposed to. The End What is Canada doing about it? - Researching biological effects
- Radiation safety inspections
- Developing regulations, guidelines and standards
- Provide radiation advice and collaborate with government departments or general public Questions? Prevention? -Although non-ionizing radiation can't be fully prevented, ionizing radiation can!
-It's usually best to postpone any examination involving ionizing radiation.
-Not only is it good for the baby, but there will be less stress on you as a parent! Examples of radiation taking affect 1945 Atomic Bombing of Hiromshima & Nagasaki "Popcorn Lung" man How can you reduce your exposure? - Sealing cracks and openings in home
- Reducing the usage of radiation-emitting devices
- Matter of opinion, keep in mind the cautions of radiation
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