National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
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June 29, 2005

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A preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even low doses of ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays, are likely to pose some risk of adverse health effects, says a new report from the National Research Council. In living organisms, such radiation can cause DNA damage that could eventually lead to cancers. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of these risks based on a review of the scientific literature from the past 15 years. It is the seventh in a series of assessments from the Research Council called the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation.

Richard R. Monson, M.D., Sc.D. (chair), Associate Dean for Professional Education, and Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston.