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Frequent dental X-rays may significantly increase the risk of non-malignant brain tumours, say researchers. Over a lifetime, having dental X-rays can double or triple the chances of developing meningioma tumours, a study has found. The tumours grow in the outer membrane covering the brain. In one case, involving X-rays on children, a five-fold increase in risk was see
The tumour patients were consistently more likely to have been exposed to dental X-rays. One of the most common procedures is the "bitewing" X-ray which uses an X-ray film clenched between the teeth in a tab of plastic or cardboard. Bitewing X-rays check for decay between the teeth and can also expose bone loss caused by severe gum disease.
Over a lifetime, patients with meningioma were between 1.4 and 1.9 times more likely than controls to have undergone bitewing X-rays on a yearly or more frequent basis.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
reply to post by mee30
They don't use radiotherapy on benign tumours. surgery is an option if the tumour is accessible . But until the tumour turns malignant, they will not use chemo or radiotherapy.