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NIH study finds childhood CT scans linked to leukemia and brain cancer later in life

Posted on June 07, 2012

Children and young adults scanned multiple times by computed tomography (CT), a commonly used diagnostic tool, have a small increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors in the decade following their first scan. These findings are from a study of more than 175,000 children and young adults that was led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, England.The results of the study were published online in Lancet on June 7, 2012.

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NCI Press Release: NIH study finds childhood CT scans linked to leukemia and brain cancer later in life

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) press release for the study  

NCI Cancer Bulletin: Study Finds Small Increase in Cancer Risk after Childhood CT Scans

Feature article in NCI’s bi-weekly newsletter the Cancer Bulletin

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