Report: Youths more vulnerable to some cancers after radiation exposure

10/27/2013 | Reuters

For 25% of cancer types, such as brain, thyroid and breast cancers, children had a greater radiation sensitivity than adults, according to a report released Friday by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. Children and adults had the same sensitivity to radiation for approximately 15% of cancer types, and for 10% of tumor types, children showed less sensitivity to radiation exposure than adults. "Because of their anatomical and physiological differences, radiation exposure has a different impact on children compared with adults," UNSCEAR's Fred Mettler said.

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