Most people unaware that CT radiation can cause cancer in future

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One-third of people getting a CT scan are not aware that the test carries a radiation risk and future cancer risk.

The risk of cancer depends on how many scans a patient gets and which organs are exposed to CT radiation.

CT scans are high-powered X-rays that provide clearer images but expose patients to between 10 and 100 times more radiation than a normal head or chest X-ray.

The radiation dose from one CT scan typically ranges from a couple of millisieverts – comparable to the yearly background radiation from natural sources – to close to 20 millisieverts, the annual exposure limit for nuclear industry employees.

Although each scan only has a small impact on a person’s long term risk of cancer, that risk can build over time with more scans and more radiation exposure. For examples repeated CT scans are being done in kidney stones, nasal sinuses or for dementia without reasons.

As per JAMA there would be about 29,000 future cancers related to scans done in 2007 alone. That year, Americans had about 72 million total CT scans.

The time has come for the youngsters to lead

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Most of the political parties today are fighting negative and not positive. They want to win by citing the poor performance of the other party.

The parties should project their positive things done in the past or the future plans. They should not only show their future plans but also their intentions for following up with those plans.

A few days back, Rahul Gandhi was elevated as Vice President of Congress Party. It was not an unexpected move as everybody knew that in Congress, dynasty rule prevails. Many Southern States and some states in the North follow the same dynasty rule.

Even in the Hindi film industry, we have the example of Prithviraj Kapoor, where we have generations of actors coming from this family with all of them giving good performances and no actor from that family achieved success only because he/she belonged to that family.

If you are educated, devoted to the family business or profession and perform well, the dynasty rule is acceptable.

On the other hand, if you are not educated or a non-performer you will any way be rejected by the people.

It will be a challenge for Rahul, who has to show that like his father, he too can perform in the interest of the nation whether as Prime Minister or Leader of Opposition, if Congress fails to form the government at the Centre. In both the situations, he will be an important person to watch out for.

We need younger people to lead the country. Most of the multinational companies in India are led and ruled by younger professionals.

In mythology, four phases of life have been described, Brahmacharya, Grahastha Jeevan, Vanaprasthan and Sanyas.

Brahmcharya (0-25 years) is the period of learning; Grahastha Jeevan (25-50 years) is the age for performance both in terms of earning money as well as looking after the family. Vanaprasthan (50-75 years) is the age when you start retiring and divert your mind towards social welfare and Sanyasa (75 years plus) is the age when your time should be 100% for community service.

As per our mythology, the right time to lead the country is between 25-50 years of age.

Barack Obama is a successful example, who became the president of US at the age of 46 years. Even Narendra Modi became the CM of Gujarat at the age of 50.

Both Rahul and Modi will have a good fight as one is 50 minus and the other became a leader when he was 50 minus.,

50+ people should become advisors to the youngsters to lead the country. Imagine an Indian cricket captain at the age of 50. You will reject him on day one. In fact in cricket after the age of 35, most players start their retirement plans. In politics also this trend is seen for example in UP. We are seeing younger leaders in both Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.

In Bollywood too most stars are less than 50 years of age. Post 50 they no more play the role of romantic heroes.

We should let go of the belief in our minds that a politician has to be old. If that happens we may end up seeing many of them repeating the same sentence multiple times in a speech, sleeping during important meetings or speaking irrelevantly without any meaning.

The retirement age in India is also at 60 years which means that as per the government policy the retiring Judge, police commissioner or a bureaucrat cannot give his or her 100% after retirement and the same, post retirement are appointed as an advisor.

A politician’s job involves a mix of top industrialist and the Chief Justice of a State or India. He/she can only perform better if their age is below the official retirement age.

About the author: Dr K K Aggarwal is Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India and National Vice President Elect IMA [blog.kkaggarwal.com]