Patients with meningioma were twice as likely to report having a specific type of dental x-ray called a “bitewing exam,” and those who reported having them every year or more frequently were nearly twice as likely develop a meningioma.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 22, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that shows dental x-rays could be a risk factor for brain cancer.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Thursday, April 19, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/startling-cancer-news-out-of-the-dental-world), Researchers from several universities found a correlation between past frequent dental x-rays and the risk of getting meningioma.
X-rays are the most common source of exposure to ionizing radiation.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that researchers studied data from 1,433 patients diagnosed with meningioma between 20 and 79 years of age between May 2006 and April 2011. They compared the information to a control group of 1,350 participants with similar characteristics. Patients with meningioma were twice as likely to report having a specific type of dental x-ray called a “bitewing exam,” and those who reported having them every year or more frequently were nearly twice as likely develop a meningioma.
Also, researchers report an even greater increased risk of meningioma in patients who underwent a “panorex” x-ray exam. Used in youngsters under the age of 10, it led to a nearly five-fold increase in the risk of brain tumors compared to controls. And those who reported having the exam yearly or more frequently than once a year were nearly three times as likely to develop meningioma.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the American Dental Association’s statement on the use of dental radiographs emphasizes the need for dentists to examine the risks and benefits of dental x-rays and confirms that there is little evidence to support the use of dental x-rays in healthy patients.
(SOURCE: Claus, E.B., et al., "Dental x-rays and risk of meningioma," Cancer, Apr. 10, 2012; doi: 10.1002/cncr.26625.)
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