09/17/2010 // US // Get Cancer Answers // News Desk

U.S. – A recent study suggests radiation exposure can increase the chances of cancer survivors developing a second malignancy. As reported by HealthDay News, American and Japanese researchers found a link between second cancers and exposure to radiation after analyzing the cases of over 10,000 individuals who developed primary cancers after surviving the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks.

Breast cancer epidemiologist and Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle member, Dr. Christopher Li, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings in a news release, “We found that radiation exposure increased the risks of first and second cancers to a similar degree… People exposed to radiation who developed cancer also had a high risk of developing a second cancer, and the risk was similar for both solid tumors and leukemias in both men and women.”

More information about the study may be found in the Sept. 15 publication of the Cancer Research journal.

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