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Keeping one’s cancer risks down – avoid airport radiation scanners

Radiation: Why I choose the patdown at airports, Sun Sentinel By Lois Solomon, November 30, 2011 This story today confirmed my decision to get patted down at airports rather than get irradiated by people who promise it won’t harm me.

 European airports have banned body scanners because studies have linked them to cancer in small numbers of people. The TSA continues to defend the technology.

Everyone knows radiation in the atmosphere hits us every day and there is little we can do about it. On top of that, we get dental X-rays, orthodontic scans, cell phone radiation and other potential waves that we can reject if we choose. Radiologists say it accumulates in our bodies over the course of a lifetime.

When I flew for Thanksgiving, I asked for a patdown instead of going through the scanner at Fort Lauderdale’s airport. The TSA guard assured me I wouldn’t be seen naked; I told him I was more concerned about the radiation. He told me I get more in my cellphone, but called for the female attendant to pat me down. It was definitely intrusive but hopefully lessened my exposure to future cancers.

December 1, 2011 - Posted by | general

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