Atomic radiation is more harmful to women

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Mary Olson
The Nuclear Information & Resource Service
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Takoma Park, MD, USA

Research paper showing 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. Discusses how, despite these differences in the ways women and men react to radiation, the world's radiation standards are determined using a "reference man" as the guide for assessing radiation risk. 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.

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