CT scans may increase the risk of cancer in adolescents & children

With the advent of newer technology, there is a greater tendency amongst patientsĀ and doctors to demand that there should be complete diagnosis and evaluation for even the most trivial of complaints. This results in a plethora of investigations. Just like everything else in life, everything comes at a price. The indiscriminate use of CT scans (especially CT head for minor trauma) has greatly increased the risk of developing cancer subsequently. [1]

I think one needs to be sensible and discuss with your doctor, whether a particular investigation is really required, what are the benefits and what are the risks of the procedure.

 

1. CT Scans May Increase Cancer Risk in Children, Adolescents

Did you know?

Drinking just one 12 oz (roughly 350 ml) can/bottle of sweetened, carbonated beverage ups the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 20%! [1]

1. Diabetologica DOI 10.1007/s00125-013-2899-8

Can I avoid circumcision on my child?

The good news is that most of the time one can avoid circumcision in children with tight foreskins. As I have explained here, almost all male newborns are born with tight foreskins. If the child does not have any problems, it is best to wait it out for natural separation to occur in almost 95% of all children by 5 years of age. They just require the usual care of the foreskin in uncircumcised boys.

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