B3 - Mutations and Radiation

Information on mutations that are caused by radiation.

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Radiation increases the chance of mutations

If you're exposed to...

  • ionising radiation
  • x-rays
  • ultraviolet light
  • radioactive substances

...then you are at more risk of mutations.

The greater the dose of radiation, the higher the chance of mutation.

If you're exposed to...

  • chemicals known as mutagens or carcinogens
  • cigarette smoke

...then you're at higher risk of mutations AND cancer.

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