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Brain tumours can be caused by dental x-rays

Tuesday 10th April 2012
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People who have an increased number of dental x-rays have a higher risk of contracting a brain tumour, according to new research.

Elizabeth Claus, MD, PhD, of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven conducted a study which found that an increased number of dental x-rays is linked with the most common brain tumour condition, meningioma.

She highlighted that ionising radiation is a primary cause of the deadly cancer and believes that dental scans are the most common source of this type of emission, increasing the risk for patients.

During her studies Dr Claus found that people with meningioma were twice as likely to have had a bitewig exam, which x-rays between the teeth.

Dr Claus said: "The study presents an ideal opportunity in public health to increase awareness regarding the optimal use of dental x-rays, which unlike many risk factors is modifiable."

In the UK figures from Cancer Research revealed that in 2008 4,785 people were diagnosed with a brain tumour, with the disease accounting for 3,794 deaths in 2009.

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written by James PuckleADNFCR-1780-ID-801336181-ADNFCR

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