Researchers have discovered an alarming link — regular x-rays at the dentist’s office could double a patient’s risk for developing a brain tumor.
In a study published Tuesday in the journal†Cancer, scientists and doctors asked 1,433 patients with†ismeningioma, the most common form of brain tumor, about their dental records. After comparing them with patients without the tumor, they found that patients with the tumor were more likely to have reported yearly regular x-rays.
So, should you be concerned? Let’s break down some of the key facts:
This is not to say you shouldn’t be concerned, to be clear, about developing brain tumors from dental x-rays. Rather, it’s important to recognize that this study only proves the suggestion of a link between the two. Indeed, the study’s lead author, neurological surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Claus, told NBC, “Our take home message is donít panic. Donít stop going to the dentist…” She recommends that patients talk with their dentists about using x-rays as infrequently as possible.
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