Radiation is energy that is sent out from a source. It can be found in nature. It can also be manmade. Radiation exposure is when a person is exposed. It can affect health, depending on the type and amount.
There are two types:
Ionizing radiation can injure cells. It is linked to cancer and other health problems.
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EBSCO Medical Review Board
David Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 2/3/2021
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