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> Peter Rez ... calculated the risk of getting cancer from a single scan at about 1 in 30 million

His odds were for a single flight, but I wonder if the scanner radiation has a cumulative effect?

Surviving a plane flight has no impact on the likelihood of the next one, so taking a lot of flights would edge the odds in favour of dying from the scanner cancer.

But then there`s the wide difference in the type of death.

> But then there’s the wide difference in the type of death.

Good point, I would rather die in a terrorist attack than after months of chemo and hospital food… that said, one is a lot more premature! (Edit: Actually, if you got cancer from the scanner, it would probably kill you within a few years.)

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