What Are The Health Risks Of Radiation And How To Protect Against It

By Scott Sarvay

March 15, 2011 Updated Mar 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Allen County Health Commissioner, Dr. Deborah McMahan says a high dosage can be fatal by compromising the blood system and bone marrow.

It can also attack the gastrointestinal tract and the brain.

But McMahan says avoiding the worst-case scenario doesn't mean you're totally in the clear.

Dr. McMahan says, “You can have long-term effects with less exposure without having that acute radiation syndrome, and that's where people start worrying about the malignancies. We know from Chernobyl that people are more likely to get certain types of cancers."

Iodine tablets can help stave-off health risks, but they have to be taken soon-after exposure.

That's a problem because there aren't many of those tablets in the earthquake-ravaged country.




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