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Due to my years of HA, i had many unnecessary ER trips and many unnecessary abdominal ct scans. ER docs rarely hesitate to give out CT scans due to cheap cost, fast procedure and results.

I had 3 abdominal ct scans and 1 brain ct scan from age 25-29. Not sure about the dosage but they were newer machines if that matters.

I've looked at several studies and not sure what to make of the stats and medical lingo. Need some kind of reassurance. My risk of cancer is already high due to my mom dying of lung cancer before age 50.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-much-ct-scans-increase-risk-cancer/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray_computed_tomography
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/21/ct-scan-concerns/2005729/
http://www.salon.com/2013/07/11/can_ct_scans_give_you_cancer_partner/
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 05:45:56 PM »
My ER trips started last summer. I had 2 chest ct and pet/ct. had never had anything before in my life.
It all started with the first trip and finding of an incidental lung nodule. I have no other risks. I hope yours
were low dose like my first one was. if it was, you are ok!!! Anything under 10 msv I would not worry about.
If it makes you feel better call the hospital and ask for dosing reports for those scans.
do you know what your % risk is from family history?
have you been on xrayrisk.com? it didn't make me feel much better but i think it might help you. :)
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 06:26:21 PM »
Thanks for this link. It says my baseline change of getting cancer is almost 50%  :fragend005:
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 06:36:49 PM »
what's the %? Do you know how many msv?
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 06:38:32 PM »
that just seems high for what you said you've had.
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 06:47:24 PM »
what's the starting baseline for men
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 08:09:36 PM »
Accoring the xrayrisk.com website, here are my risk is 1 in 450. Which I dont think is something to lose sleep over.

Mines
Total Effective Dose:    (mSv)
Additional Cancer Risk:    0.222246(%)1 in 450
Baseline Cancer Risk:   44.9 (%)
Baseline + Additional Risk:   45.122246 (%)



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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 08:13:25 PM »
Seriously stop doing these researches. You had scans, it's over, stop worrying about percentages and live your life. If you don't stop it, you will be miserable.
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 08:13:48 PM »
what's the starting baseline for men

Not sure looking into it now
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 08:31:16 PM »
mines about 1 in 250/60 but because I got large
dose in 1 test I'm not sure of effects... time it might
take to induce cancer. as for getting over it, I'm less than
a year out, have kids, PTSD, lost my parents young
so it'll take some time to be ***** peace.
I think what you said sucks, not helpful.
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2014, 08:49:47 PM »
what are the circumstances you got the scans in?
did you need them, drs just did it based on symptoms,
did u know the risks? I didn't, and 3/4 drs
I've seen think nothing of over utilizing
ct.
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2014, 08:49:47 PM »
I think what you said sucks, not helpful.

What did I say?
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2014, 08:54:47 PM »
it's over, stop worrying..

I'm sure you have your own. hA
maybe this helps us feel we have some control since
we lost or gave our power away unintentionally.
I look ***** my kids I'm ashamed I put myself *****
risk don't want them to go through my death prematurely.
It would be my fault.

it was just dismissive kind of callous
not worded with care. Being miserable
might be true, but we have to find our way.
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2014, 09:56:05 PM »
Yahoo2000 didn't say anything rude to you. Hypo said what hurt your feelings. Just didnt want you to be upset. with someone who didnt do anything wrong.
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Re: 4 ct scans before the age of 30 - scared of radiation induced cancer
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2014, 10:48:01 PM »
I'm sorry yes it was the tone of hypo
and just rubbed me the wrong way.
I've been scared for minths, know
what it feels like have strong empathy.
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