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Do you think the new airport scanners will cause cancer?

Asked by GeorgeGee (4920points) November 15th, 2010

Besides the TSA folks snickering at seeing your naked body on their scanners, concerns are being raised about safety:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20022541-281.html?tag=rtcol;inTheNewsNow

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Aster's avatar

If radiation causes cancer then, yes. I read that dental xrays can cause it too in the case of excessive xrays over time. It may take ten or twenty years to contract, though. I can imagine that the victims’ family might say, “we don’t know why he/she got cancer. It’s from our air, food and water” when, in fact, it will be from the airport xrays. But this is just my opinion. I can foresee the airports reducing the rads too , eventually, due to cancer concerns just like what was done with mammograms.

Coloma's avatar

Pinpointing cancer causing exposure is impossible, better to find concealed weapons or early stage cancer from a mammogram than to not.

I’d be more concerned with an airlines safety record and avoiding the hideous micro-wave meals along with the exposure to colds and flus and other nasty bugs.

The best predictor of cancer is a negative, anger repressed, personality.

Just keep it light and smile, better than a tinfoil hat.

Aster's avatar

I heard that mammograms produce 30% false positives! Could that be true??

Winters's avatar

Maybe for exhibitionists who might try to get in one over and over and over again. Prolonged exposure to anything can cause cancer, and most of the time you have to be deliberately seeking it as well.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I think it will cause some people to turn to stone. ;0

Coloma's avatar

Well..the sausage ‘thing’ I was served on an Air China flight last year was far more frightening than any scanner I have been exposed to. lol

Whitsoxdude's avatar

Not unless you decide to take a flight ten times a day for the rest of your life.

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