class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-1927″ title=”BD3396-001″ src=”https://www.psr-la.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/xray.jpg” alt=”BD3396-001″ width=”317″ height=”264″ />Exposure to X-rays and gamma rays, even at low-dose levels, increases risk of cancer. That is the bottom line of a comprehensive five-year study by the National Academy of Sciences committee that included Herbert L. Abrams, a founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “There appears to be no threshold below which exposure can be viewed as harmless,” observed Dr. Abrams, professor emeritus of radiology at Stanford and Harvard universities.

Herb was one of two physicians on the committee of sixteen international experts in epidemiology, radiation biology, genetics, cancer biology and physics. As a radiologist, Dr. Abrams “was able to serve as a bridge between the epidemiologists and the biologists on the committee, whose approaches to risk were based on completely different data sets.” The landmark 700-page report, entitled “Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VII,” confirms that progressive exposure to radiation causes DNA damage which correlates with an increased risk of developing cancer.

On Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 PM, Herbert Abrams MD will present on National Academy’s Radiation and Health Study, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley. For more information call 213-689-9170 x107.