People in certain professions may be at increased risk for cancer due to occupational radiation exposure. These professions include medical radiologic technicians, aircrews, radium dial luminisers, underground hard-rock miners, Chernobyl clean-up workers, nuclear weapons test participants, and nuclear industry workers. While you cannot change past radiation exposure, you may be able to protect yourself going forward. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has established guidelines about occupational exposures and steps in place to protect workers. In addition, let your healthcare provider know about past exposure so that appropriate screening tests can be done to either decrease the risk of developing cancer or detect the cancer at an early stage.
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