FDA Scientist Loses His Job For Saying Cancer Screenings Might Give You Cancer

There’s been a lot of concern lately about the routine use of radiation-heavy scans to identify early signs of cancer. Could cancer detection actually give you cancer? One Food and Drug Administration researcher said yes… so the FDA fired him.

The FDA was considering whether to approve computerized tomography (CT) scans for routine colon cancer screenings last year. And Dr. Julian Nicholas said he and eight other researchers spoke out against approval on the grounds that otherwise healthy patients could be at risk for cancer from the scan’s radiation. He and the other staffers were “pressured to change their scientific opinion,” he testified at a hearing — and then the FDA decided to push forward over their objections.

A chest CT scan has as much radiation as 400 chest X-rays. And according to Nicholas, between 1.5 percent and 2 percent of cancers are caused by CT scans. But agency managers……

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