Radiation will affect the body in different ways depending on the amount and length of exposure, and there are two different types of health effects: stochastic and non-stochastic. Stochastic effects, such as cancer are usually associated with chronic radiation exposure. Such exposure can affect the rate of cell and tissue growth in the body, and their ability to replace themselves. Additionally, chronic radiation can cause changes in a person’s DNA, called mutations.
Non-stochastic health effects of radiation come with acute exposure. These effects usually appear quickly, such as burns on the skin or radiation sickness or poisoning, which present themselves with symptoms like nausea, weakness, hair loss, burns, or diminished organ function. This can cause premature aging as well.
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