Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: X-rays | thyroid cancer | radiation exposure | radiological testing | cancer risk | Dr. David Brownstein | CT scans

X-rays and Cancer Risk

Monday, 24 Sep 2012 09:29 AM


Question: Is there a connection between X-rays and thyroid cancer?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

In 2005, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) wrongly stated, “Routine (radiation) exposure (e.g., dental X-rays, chest X-rays, mammograms) does not cause thyroid cancer.” But this past June, the ATA released new guidelines about how to minimize the risk from medical and dental radiological testing.

This new policy states that the risk of thyroid cancer arising from radiation exposure is strongly dependant on the age when the exposure occurs. The risk is greatest in children, increasing dramatically as the child’s age at exposure decreases.

The ATA now “recommends the necessity of all diagnostic X-rays be evaluated before they are performed.” Furthermore, it is recommended to use thyroid shields to protect the gland during CT scans and other diagnostic radiographies.

Thyroid cancer is increasing at a faster rate than any other type of cancer. In 2012, more than 56,000 patients will be diagnosed.

Iodine deficiency is occurring in the vast majority of Americans. It can disrupt the architecture of the thyroid gland and set the stage for cysts, nodules, hyperplasia, and cancer. Radiation can damage the cells of the thyroid (and the rest of the body) and cause or accelerate thyroid cancer.


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