[ RadSafe ] Is this the beginning of the end of the debate on low-dose radiation health effects?
Mohan.Doss at fccc.edu
Wed Jun 25 21:47:58 CDT 2014
The most often-quoted evidence for the increased cancer risk from low-dose radiation (LDR) in publications is the atomic bomb survivor data, e.g. in BEIR VII report, publications by Brenner & Hall, etc. In my opinion, the latest update to atomic bomb survivor data (Ozasa 2012) does not support the LNT model (and so LDR cancer risk), as I have described in a few publications. Those who claim LDR cancer risk also apparently accept this interpretation, as they routinely refer to older atomic bomb survivor data to validate LDR cancer concerns and ignore the newer data, e.g. Brenner's recent review article in BJR. When I challenged him in a Letter to the Editor http://goo.gl/JYPkcp for using the outdated data, he did not give any explanation why he ignored the newer data in his response. Also, in the recently published debate in Medical Physics on the subject of LDR health effects http://goo.gl/vOlQNd , the side claiming LDR cancer risk did not even bring forth the evidence of atomic bomb survivors in the opening statement, in comparison to previous debates, where it was the centerpiece of evidence. These actions by supporters of the LDR cancer risk, of not using the latest data from atomic bomb survivors (claimed to be "single most important source" by BEIR VII report, and as "gold standard" by Hall & Brenner), may indicate the beginning of the end of the debate on the subject.
With best regards,
Mohan Doss, Ph.D., MCCPM
Associate Professor, Diagnostic Imaging,
Fox Chase Cancer Center,
333 Cottman Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497.
Phone: 215 214-1707
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