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Author Sanders, Charles L. (Charles Leonard), 1938-

Title Radiation hormesis and the linear-no-threshold assumption / Charles L. Sanders
Published Heidelberg : Springer, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xi, 217 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Molecular and cellular mechanisms -- Natural environmental radiation -- Accidents, tests, and incidents -- Medical exposures and workers -- Nuclear workers -- Biased epidemiological studies -- Evidence negating the healthy worker effect -- Lung cancer -- Breast cancer -- Leukemia -- Liver, CNS, and thyroid cancers -- Lifespan, birth defects, and experimental cancer -- Animal and human cancer therapeutic studies -- Conclusions, summary, and importance
Summary Current radiation protection standards are based upon the application of the linear no-threshold (LNT) assumption, which considers that even very low doses of ionizing radiation can cause cancer. The radiation hormesis hypothesis, by contrast, proposes that low-dose ionizing radiation is not only safe but is healthy and beneficial. In this book, the author examines all facets of radiation hormesis in detail, including the history of the concept and mechanisms, and presents comprehensive, up-to-date reviews for major cancer types. It is explained how low-dose radiation can in fact decrease all-cause and all-cancer mortality and help to control metastatic cancer. Attention is also drawn to biases in epidemiological research when using the LNT assumption. The author shows how proponents of the LNT assumption consistently reject, manipulate, and deliberately ignore an overwhelming abundance of published data and falsely claim that no reliable data are available at doses of less than 100 mSv. The consequence of the LNT assumption is a radiophobia that is very costly in terms of lives and money
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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In Springer eBooks
Subject Radiation -- Physiological effect -- Evaluation
Ionizing radiation -- Dose-response relationship.
Low-level radiation -- Dose-response relationship.
Cancer -- Radiotherapy.
Radiation tolerance -- Measurement
Ionizing radiation.
Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
Radiation, Ionizing
Radiation Effects
Radiation Oncology
environmental protection.
Ionizing radiation.
Cancer -- Radiotherapy.
Ionizing radiation -- Dose-response relationship.
Low-level radiation -- Dose-response relationship.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009933986
ISBN 9783642037207