Can Radiation Harm Kids?
You better believe it. What's been so synonymous to cancer treatment is now seen as an ailment for some.
Radiation has been long since known for being a cancer treatment procedure, that is, up until now. It is looked at as being a bigger problem for children in the long run, doing more harm than good.
In fact, both infants and children are most at risk of developing some cancers as a result of radiation. Children are more sensitive than adults by so much as 25 percent of tumor types, including the likes of leukemia, thyroid, brain, and breast cancer.
"The risk can be significantly higher, depending on circumstances," said the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, known as UNSCEAR.
Above all, the thyroid is the most exposed organ because radioactive iodine concentrates there, and this is where children are especially vulnerable, as well.
Radiation therapy, also, comes with a list of side effects that can be deemed damaging to children, especially, as their bodies aren't as able to cope as the bodies of adults.
From damaging healthy cells and tissues to experiencing dry, itchy, blistering, and peeling skin, the array of side effects varies from patient to patient depending on the body's reaction to radiation.
Fatigue is another common reaction to radiation, ranging from slight tiredness to full-on exhaustion.
More severe side-effects include difficulty swallowing, mouth and gum sores, stiff jaw, nausea, and swelling known as lymphedema. Shortness of breath, fever, stiffness, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, incontinence, and other bladder issues are also sometimes the results of radiation-- none of which a child should be expected to handle.