By Alan Martin, Sam Harbison, Karen Beach, Peter Cole
A brand new variation of the UK's usual creation to the risks provided by means of ionizing radiation and the tools of defense and control.
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In water, of which cells are largely composed, ionization can lead to molecular changes and to the formation of chemical species of a type that is damaging to the chromosome material. The damage takes the form of changes in the construction and function of the cell. In the human body, these changes may manifest themselves as clinical symptoms such as radiation sickness, cataracts or, in the longer term, cancer. This overall process is usually considered to occur in four stages as follows: 1. The initial physical stage, lasting only an extremely small fraction (c.
Although the damaging effects of radium were eventually established, it is not known precisely how many radium dial painters actually died from the effects of radiation damage. The study of people exposed to X-rays and radium is continuing to improve our estimates of the level of risk associated with acute and chronic exposures to radiation. 8 CURRENT SOURCES OF MAN-MADE RADIATION In addition to the ever-present natural background radiation, there are several other sources of human exposure that have arisen only over the last 100 years or less.
1 Average annual dose to the UK population. ’, © Health Protection Agency, Chilton, 05/2009. cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, and causes 21 000 lung cancer deaths per year in the USA. 3 mSv/year, but studies have shown that in some dwellings, in so-called ‘radon-affected’ areas, the dose rate can be up to 100 times the average. As a result, there are programmes in a number of countries to identify dwellings and workplaces that have high concentrations and, where necessary, to undertake remedial work.