Atomic radiation is more harmful to women than to men

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The Nuclear Information & Resource Service in the U.S. has released a new paper that shows that exposure to radiation causes 50% greater incidence of cancer and 50% greater rate of death from cancer among women, compared to the same radiation dose level to men.

We've long known that children are much more susceptible to the effects of radiation than adults; now we know that women are more susceptible than men. Yet the world's radiation standards are determined using a "reference man" as the guide for assessing radiation risk.

The paper was written by NIRS' Mary Olson. She, along with NIRS Radioactive Waste Project Director Diane D'Arrigo, internationally known radiation expert Dr. Rosalie Bertell, and Eric Epstein, chairman of Three Mile Island Alert, will hold a telebriefing for activists on this new paper on Thursday, October 27 at 10 am eastern time. Please contact for more information and the call-in number if you'd like to participate.

The paper is based on underreported information contained in the National Academy of Sciences 2006 BEIR-VII report, which also concluded that there is no "safe" level of radiation exposure.

You can download the eight-page paper here. A press release about the paper is here.

The paper will soon be available in Japanese and Ukrainian as well, and will be released in both countries.