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To: dennisw
Cesium (Gamma Emitter)
However, residents of an area of about five city blocks, if they remained, would have a one-in-a-thousand chance of getting cancer

Cobalt (Gamma Emitter)
there would be a one-in-ten risk of death from cancer for residents living in the contaminated area for forty years. The entire borough of Manhattan would be so contaminated that anyone living there would have a one-in-a-hundred chance of dying from cancer caused by the residual radiation.

Someone tell me why this is supposed to be so scary ??? We're ALL going to die eventually. Smallpox scares me, this is a pipsqueak threat.

12 posted on 02/15/2003 2:12:42 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: Centurion2000
--Exactly. Twenty percent of my high school class ('58) are already dead of cancer and were exposed to nothing worse than cigarette smoke in two cases and apparently clean southwest Wisconsin air in the other two--

As an aside, all of us had smallpox vaccinations so I'm not even too worried about that--am going to get one of the new ones when possible to see if it takes--

14 posted on 02/15/2003 2:58:02 PM PST by rellimpank
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