Radiation poisoning is one of the most dangerous health risks people can face. Many people die from exposure to radiation if they don’t get treatment. Others end up developing cancer, anemia and other serious long-term health problems. You should be aware of the risks and take the steps to mitigate them.
Reducing Radiation Exposure
The best way to avoid suffering from radiation poisoning is limiting your exposure to it. Here are some things that you should be aware of.
Many people try to avoid using the Microwave because they are afraid of developing radiation poisoning. Microwaves actually using anodizing rays, which means they don’t cause radiation poisoning.
You should only be worried about radiation poisoning if you are directly exposed to it. You will be at risk of radiation poisoning if you are at the scene of a nuclear accident or are exposed to a device that creates a lot of radiation.
Avoiding Radiation Exposure
There are a couple of things that you can do to reduce your exposure to radiation. Here are some precautions that you should take.
Limit Time Near Radiation Centers
Limit the amount of time that you spend in areas near nuclear plants or storage facilities. These plants are usually well-designed to prevent radiation leakage, but they can’t do so 100% effectively. Residents living near facilities in Dounreay and Sellafield in the United Kingdom were found to have higher incidences of cancer than the rest of the population.
People living near most radiation facilities don’t have an increased risk of radiation exposure. However, the precautions some facilities take may not work as well, even if they comply with all necessary regulations. There could also be serious radiation leakages such as those experienced in Fukashima if there is a major accident. You will be safer if you don’t live too close to such facilities.
Take Precautions with Medical Tests
X-rays are valuable tools for doctors to diagnose medical problems. However, patients who receive them regularly are at risk of developing radiation poisoning. Fortunately, the FDA has released some guidelines to help reduce these risks:
- Ask if a protective shield can be used. Most X-ray technicians will use a lead apron anyways, but you should be proactive if they don’t suggest one.
- Be indifferent about receiving an x-ray. You don’t want to deny one that you really need. However, you also don’t want to ask for something that exposes you to unnecessary levels of radiation. It is best to only get an x-ray if your doctor feels that you could really benefit from one.
- Keep track of the tests that you have received. You don’t want to get the same x-ray conducted because your medical providers aren’t in touch with each other. You will want to make sure that all your x-rays are recorded and the results are retained in your medical records. This will reduce the risk that you will need to repeat them and exposure yourself to more radiation.
- Find out what technology is used for the tests. Some providers are starting to use new tools that reduce the radiation their x-ray machine emit. You will want to find out if your provider is using these tools.
There are a lot of ways to reduce the risk of radiation poisoning. You will want to do everything possible to reduce these risks.